February 20, 2005

Egyptian Baby With Two Heads

Posted at February 20, 2005 10:41 PM

Brace yourself before clicking.



Egyptian Doctors Remove Baby's Second Head

Egyptian doctors said they removed a second head from a 10-month-old girl suffering from one of the rarest birth defects in an operation Saturday. Abla el-Alfy, a consultant in paediatric intensive care, told Reuters at the hospital in Benha, near Cairo, that Manar Maged was in a serious but improving condition after the procedure to treat her for craniopagus parasiticus -- a problem related to that of conjoined twins linked at the skull...

...As in the case of a girl who died after similar surgery in the Dominican Republic a year ago, the second twin had developed no body. The head that was removed from Manar had been capable of smiling and blinking but not independent life, doctors said.

Video footage provided by the hospital, a national center in Egypt for children's medicine, showed Manar smiling and at ease in a cot with the dark-haired "parasitic" twin, attached at the upper left side of the girl's skull, occasionally blinking...

(another photo here)

The second head could blink and smile! Could it see/hear/think?? What was inside its mouth?? My brain cannot process it. Hope she comes through the surgery okay, that girl and her family must have unimaginable strength.



Recent Entries

March 2011
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    


Movie Stuff

New Releases