The parasitic twin, an incompletely formed baby, had grown an additional head It was feeding off of the healthy girl’s blood supply – depriving her of nutrients As well as being born with the extra appendage, the infant also had a third hand The hospital, in Jaipur, did not charge the family for any health or surgery costs Indian doctors have given a new lease of life to a baby girl who was born with a head attached to her stomach. They managed to remove the appendage of her parasitic twin in a complicated four-hour operation at JK Lone Hospital, in Jaipur. It was feeding off of her blood supply – depriving her of vital nutrients needed for her healthy development, surgeons said.
As well as being born with an extra head, which had no ears and eyes due to being partly developed, the infant also had a third hand. An unnamed 21-year-old woman presented herself to doctors at the Ram Snehi Hospital, in Jahazpur, after experiencing pain during her pregnancy. She was immediately referred for a sonography scan and an ultrasound and were told that she was carrying twins – but were unaware they would be parasitic. Unlike conjoined twins, one is incompletely formed or wholly dependent on some bodily functions of the complete foetus. Cases of parasitic twins are rare and believed to account for just one per one million live births, according to medical literature.