Rare conjoined twins in India share almost entire body

I hope they get along well in life. It’s going to be tough if they can make it at all.

‘Baby Having 2 Heads’ Born in India – ABC News.

Conjoined twins born at a hospital in India appear to share everything below their two, separate heads, hospital officials told ABCNews.com.

“Yes this report is perfectly true that we have delivered a female baby having two heads,” Dr. Ashish Sehgal, the CEO of Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital, told ABCNews.com in an email. “She is presently alive and healthy.”

The mother thought she was only carrying one baby because she was too poor to afford an ultrasound, according to Asia Cover Press.

Photo credit: Sanjeev Ghangas/Cover Asia Press

Photo credit: Sanjeev Ghangas/Cover Asia Press

This is a rare type of conjoined twins, called thoracophagus, where two bodies are fused from the upper thorax to lower belly.The family is poor. How will they afford to take care of this special child. I hope that the coverage of the birth allows the family to receive donations of support. It is not clear if they will survive. The heart may be overstressed.

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  8 comments for “Rare conjoined twins in India share almost entire body

  1. March 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    At the following link there is a radio podcast from yesterday on conjoined twins in BC. It is a truly amazing story, and medical researchers are learning a great deal from them because their brains are connected, joined at the thalamus bridge I think is what the report said. They share consciousness. One twin can experience what the other is experiencing. For example, one of the girls loves ketchup and wants it on everything, but when she eats it her sister can also taste it, but she hates.

    If you are outside Canada you might not be able to listen to the podcast, but there are pictures at this link and there are numerous news articles about these amazing girls.

    http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2014/03/13/the-hogan-sisters-how-conjoined-twins-share-body-and-mind/

  2. Lagaya1
    March 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Please tell me they were born by Caesarian section.

  3. busterggi
    March 14, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Abby & Brittany Hensel are pretty close to this pair & they’ve done pretty well – modern medical care can work scientific miracles.

    • March 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Well, this is India. I’m afraid it won’t be as available.

  4. busterggi
    March 15, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Still, the world isn’t as big as it used to be – they don’t need to stay in India.

  5. Lagaya1
    March 15, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Will they name her Zaphod?

  6. Peebs
    March 16, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    What if one is gay?

  7. Lagaya1
    March 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    What possible difference could that make? I don’t get it.

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