A couple has welcomed “two-headed” Siamese twins in Uzbekistan.
The conjoined twins share one body with two sets of internal organs and two heads, according to doctors in Samarkand.
But there is only one genital organ, believed to be male.
“Using medical language, these are Siamese twins,” Dr Dilshod Rakhmonov told local media before then referring to a single child.
“At the moment, the baby is in the intensive care unit of our centre,” he said.
”The baby’s internal organs are in double quantity, there is one genital organ, and, moreover, the newborn has two heads.
“This is a very rare, one in 200,000 or 220,000 cases.”
He said such children can live long lives up to the age of 30 or 50.
“But our case is a little more complicated, that is, the bodies have grown together into one. For this reason, we plan to conduct complex checks,” Dr Rakhmonov said.
“Now the general condition of the child is not bad, measures are being taken to treat him.”
The doctor said blood circulation was “normal” and promised to “take all measures to ensure that the baby survives.”
He said the parents knew about the possibility of conjoined twins before the Caesarean birth.
They specifically refused an abortion, he said.
“The mother of the child is now under the supervision of doctors in the maternity ward,” he said.
Dr Rakhmonov claimed that the baby’s condition could be the result of a marriage between relatives or from radiation exposure.
Leading medics in Uzbekistan are being consulted and foreign experts will also be contacted to help the child, he said.
Despite the doctor's words, one theory behind the baby’s condition is that it is a case of Craniopagus parasiticus - an extremely rare type of parasitic twinning.
This occurs in between two and three cases every five million births.
It involves a parasitic twin head with an undeveloped body attached to the head of a developed twin.
Fewer than a dozen cases of this type of conjoined twin have been documented in literature.
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