Baby born with two heads in Bangladesh

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A baby girl has been born with two heads at a hospital in eastern Bangladesh, prompting scores of curious people to flock to the hospital where she is being treated.

The child, who is being treated in the intensive care unit of a Dhaka hospital for breathing difficulties, was delivered by Cesarean section on late Wednesday at a hospital in Brahmanbaria. Tests show that she has only one set of vital organs.

“When I saw my baby, I was awestruck. She has two fully developed heads. She is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses,” her father, Jamal Mia, told the AFP news agency. “Still, I thank Allah that she and the mother are now okay.”

Thousands of curious people have flocked to the hospital in Dhaka in the hopes of being able to see the child’s rare condition. Her father, a poor farm laborer, is said to be concerned about how he will be able to afford the expenses for care his daughter will need.

“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.

There have been a number of cases of polycephaly, the condition of having more than one head, in recent decades. One such baby was also born in Bangladesh, in August 2008, when a baby boy named Kiron was born. He died three days later.

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