Baby boy born with head and arms of his ‘parasitic’ TWIN attached to him in rare medical case Baby boy born with head and arms of his ‘parasitic’ TWIN attached to him in rare medical case
A baby boy in India has been born with the head and arms of his parasitic twin attached to his tiny body. The as-yet-unnamed... Baby boy born with head and arms of his ‘parasitic’ TWIN attached to him in rare medical case

A baby boy in India has been born with the head and arms of his parasitic twin attached to his tiny body.

The as-yet-unnamed tot was born naturally, but when he came out he had the extra limbs hanging from his chest down to torso.

Although he is fully formed, his twin is missing genital and legs, attached to his body.

Both the babies have separate heart and lungs but are sharing the same liver and most of the alimentary system and blood supply.

Doctors believe the chances of detaching the parasitic twin is high but admit the surgery will be lengthy and complicated.


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Doctors are hopeful that surgery will separate the ‘twins’ (Photo: Caters)

Hemlata Singh, 28, had never undergone an ultrasound throughout her pregnancy and was expecting a home delivery.

However, late last Saturday when the baby did not come out even after whole day of labour pains, her husband, a daily wage labour brought her to Ummed Women’s Hospital in Udaipur in Rajasthan where she delivered the baby in the early hours.

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The ‘babies’ were born in Rakasthan (Photo: Caters)

But to the shock of the mother and the doctors, the baby weighing a combined 8.17lb, was not alone.

Dr Anurag Singh, Professor of Paediatrics at the hospital said the newborn were a rare case of parasitic twin but could hopefully be detached in a surgery soon.

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One baby was born fully formed, but the other was not (Photo: Caters)

“It is definitely a rare case of parasitic twin where the second baby is not fully formed. They luckily have separate hearts but share the internal mammary artery. This could make it little complicated to operate but chances of saving the baby is high as it is healthy.”

“We are monitoring the condition of the strong baby and taking help of cardiologist to plan a surgery as soon as their condition is stable,” said Dr Singh.

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Doctors say they will continue treatment when the situation is stable (Photo: Caters)

Parasitic twins are usually a result of a delay in the separation of embryos during conception. They are formed when one embryo maintains a dominant development at the expense of the other.

Henry Okafor

  • Danielle Green

    November 16, 2016 #1 Author

    Oh wow! I never heard of this before. I’m happy they can be separated. Hope both survives.

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  • Armoni Townsend

    November 16, 2016 #2 Author

    Amazing hope all is well.

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  • Armoni Townsend

    November 16, 2016 #3 Author

    Simply amazing hope all is well.

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  • Nikeya

    November 16, 2016 #4 Author

    This is a miracle , I hope all is well

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  • Yvonne

    November 16, 2016 #5 Author

    I pray that both babies will be healthy and able to survive.

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  • Jazmine

    November 16, 2016 #6 Author

    Wow I’ve never heard of this before ,hope they both survive god bless

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  • Shon spencer

    November 16, 2016 #7 Author

    I’m not sure how I would act if I had a baby in this condition. This is sad and I hope they can save the baby. And I send out prayers to the mother and father that better days will come.

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  • Keitha Spivey

    November 16, 2016 #8 Author

    Omg! Hope both of them survive! They are so precious!

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  • kayla

    November 16, 2016 #9 Author

    Wow . I am praying for them

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  • Jakemia

    November 16, 2016 #10 Author

    Wow, I always thought things like this were unreal, but this is actually REAL LIFE, pray that all turns out well

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  • Alliyah Bowman

    November 16, 2016 #11 Author

    Prayers going up for both babies and their parents🙏🏿

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  • Qùeen

    November 16, 2016 #12 Author

    Never heard This Before Praying They Both Make It

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  • Tyleeta otis

    November 16, 2016 #13 Author

    Amazing!!

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  • JaNae Parker

    November 16, 2016 #14 Author

    Omg, my prayers goes out to these beautiful babies.

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  • nikeya

    November 16, 2016 #15 Author

    Prayers going up for a safe surgery for the babies, and also give this mother strength to be strong for her babies!

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  • Esveydi urias

    November 17, 2016 #16 Author

    Wow😱 Never thought something like this could happen.
    Hope both babies survive god bless them 💖

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  • QUMEISHA DADE

    November 17, 2016 #17 Author

    With God everything is possible

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  • Mia

    November 18, 2016 #18 Author

    Woww This is So heartbreaking. Prayers To The baby and his family

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