An extraordinary two-headed baby girl has been delivered in a “miracle” birth in Bangladesh, medical officials said.
The baby, who was born late yesterday , is now being treated for breathing difficulties after she was shifted to the intensive care unit of the country’s largest hospital in Dhaka.
Thousands of people have reportedly flocked to the hospital in Brahmanbaria, east of Dhaka, where she was delivered by Caesarean section, to catch a glimpse of thenewborn .
Her father Jamal Mia, a farm labourer, described being “awestruck” when he first saw his new baby.
He told AFP : “She has two fully developed heads. She is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses,” he said.
“Still, I thank Allah that she and the mother are now okay.”
Jamal added that he was concerned about how he would manage to care for the baby if extra expenses were needed.
“I feel sad for her. She has been born to a poor man. I don’t have money to even properly treat her mother,” he said.
Abu Kawsar, owner of the Standard Hospital of Total Healthcare where the baby was born, said initial tests showed she only has one set of vital organs.
“Except for having two heads, the newborn has the rest of her organs and limbs like a normal newborn,” he said.
He added that the hospital was inundated with visitors after news spread of the “miracle newborn”.
“The entire town poured into the clinic. There were thousands of people with some of them coming from the nearby villages,” he said.
“It’s good that the baby has been shifted to Dhaka. Otherwise, it would have been difficult for us to control the crowd.”
A baby was also born in Bangladesh with two heads in 2008 but later died.