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Two headed baby shares single heart

December 24, 2011
Birth defects like the Mermaid syndrome, a deformity where the legs are fused together, Craniopagus, a phenomenon where twins are joined at the head, and Dicephalic parapagus, a condition of having two heads, occur rarely but prove challenging to the medical world. Recently in Brazil, a baby was born with two heads; Jesus and Emanuel are in stable condition, but doctors are hesitant to perform surgery is such delicate conditions. More images on these rare congenital disorders.

The “twins”, named Jesus and Emanuel

Doctors in Brazil said on Wednesday said they are unsure whether they can operate on a baby born with two heads, although the newborn boy is in stable condition. The “twins”, named Jesus and Emanuel, have two brains, two backbones and a single heart.

Maria de Guadalupe Angolo and Maria de Jesus Angolo

Maria de Guadalupe Angolo and Maria de Jesus Angolo, a two-headed infant is attended to by a nurse at the Hospital Infantil August 2, 1996, in Mexico City. She was born July 26, 1996, in Tijuna Mexico. The newborn is in critical but stable condition, and has only one thorax, a single heart, intestines and a single set of legs and arms. Doctors have said separation surgery is out of the question.

Siamese twins

Housewife Radha Gupta holds her one month-old Siamese twins, Radha, left, and Krishna, in her in-laws’ house on the outskirts of Bombay Monday Feb. 8, 1999.

Conjoined twins Rital and Ritag Gaboura

Undated handout photo released Sunday Sept.18, 2011 by British charity Facing the World of conjoined twins Rital and Ritag Gaboura (left to right not given) before they were successfully separated at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Rital and Ritag Gaboura after they were successfully separated
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