Monday, February 21, 2005

Two Heads Not Better Than One

BBC - Doctors have operated successfully to remove a second head from a 10-month-old baby. Manar Maged was originally one of conjoined identical twins, but her sister failed to develop in the womb. As a result she was born with a second head attached to her own - a condition known as craniopagus parasiticus.

Manar, who was otherwise healthy, underwent a 13-hour operation at Benha Children's Hospital, Cairo, on Saturday. She is reported to be stable. Doctors said the second head was capable of smiling and blinking - but not of independent life.

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