Shaheen and Sohail Khan who had believed they were expecting twins were taken aback as were doctors in India when their baby emerged with two heads, three arms and two hearts.
The babies parents and doctors were stunned when the new born arrived
The baby born on the 28th March was diagnosed with dicephalic parapagus a condition where two infants are connected by one torso.
This birth deformity often results in a stillbirth
Dr Lahote, one of the doctors who assisted in the birth said that: “These kinds of cases are rare, and the condition of babies remains uncertain, especially in the initial days.”
“Due to this, we have kept them under observation.”
“We have not planned for any surgery on the patient.”
“This is the first child of the couple, earlier in the sonography report it was revealed that there are two children. It is a rare case, their life is not very long,” he said.
X-Ray photo of the twins
“The upper part of the child’s body is common. The child has two spinal cords and one stomach. It is a very complex condition.”
The newborn has been sent to a private hospital in Indore and is in the Intensive Care Unit of the pediatric department.
The baby reportedly weighs approximately 3kg and is able to move.
Another baby that was born in 2018 with two heads, survived an operation to to amputate the second head.
Sana Hilel, from Aleppo, Syria gave birth to her seventh child, Abdullatif Shekrak, by Caesarean section after cranium bifdum was identified in the womb.
And in 2019 another Indian woman Babita Ahiwar and her husband Jaswant were stunned when their baby came into the world with two heads and and three arms.
At the time Mr Ahirwar stated that: “We are shocked. It is unbelievable.”
“Everyone is shocked to see them. We cannot believe our child has two heads.”
The couple who had married 18 months prior to the birth were excited about the birth of their first child.
They were allegedly told that they were expecting conjoined twins around the 35th week of Babita’s pregnancy.
However after a C-section their baby was born with two heads.
Babits spoke at the time about how she felt when she viewed her infant for the first time.
“It was a mixed feeling when the nurses handed over the baby to me.”
“Initially, I thought it was a twin, but when the nurses removed the towel, I was shocked to see our firstborn with two heads and three hands.”
“All we wanted was a normal and healthy baby, but the almighty wanted to punish us this way. I don’t know why.’
The prevalence of conjoined twins has been estimated to be in the range of one in 50,000 to 100,000 births according to the American Journal of Medical Genetics.
From this figure approximately 11 per cent are dicephalus parapagus twins, according to the American Journal of Medical Genetics.