Anajas, Dec 22 (): A Brazilian woman has given birth to a baby boy with two heads with a single heart but two functioning brains.The “twins”, named Jesus and Emanuel, have two brains, two backbones and a single heart.
Maria de Nazare, gave birth by caesarean at a hospital in Anajas, in Brazil’s northern Para state, with her newborn weighing 4.5 kgs.
Doctor Neila Dahas, who is treating the newborn, said separating the heads would be impossible because he only has one set of organs. It is also difficult to choose which head to remove because both brains are functioning well. She said: ‘If both their brains are functioning, how are we going to choose which head to remove?
‘We are not considering the possibility of surgery. What we’ve got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop.’
“What we know statistically is that the children who undergo surgery and survive are the children who have less organs in common,” she said. The doctors after conducting a number of tests have revealed that the baby has two brains and two spines but shares one heart, lungs, liver and pelvis.
The hospital’s director, Claudionor Assis de Vasconcelos, told Brazil’s O Povo newspaper that the woman decided to travel to the hospital because she was feeling strong abdominal pains.
The 25-year-old mother, who lives in a rural area of the state, had no ultra-sound scans during her pregnancy and only found out about the abnormality minutes before the baby was born at 1am on Monday morning.
He said: ‘When doctors scanned her they realised that the baby had two heads and that a normal birth would be a great risk both for mother and baby. The caesarean took an hour because the baby was sitting down. Despite all the problems we have as a small interior hospital we managed to save both mother and baby, which was our aim. And for us it was a great surprise to find out that the child was in really good health.’
Surprisingly, the baby’s family and his mother, who has three other children, received the baby with much happiness.