Doctors are caring for a “two-headed baby” in intensive care with two sets of organs as it fights for survival.

The conjoined twins share one body but there is only one genital organ – believed to be male – according to doctors in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Dr Dilshod Rakhmonov told local media that “using medical language, these are Siamese twins” – but he then referred 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.



Dr Dilshod Rakhmonov referred to a single child when describing the baby

“This is a very rare, one in 200,000 or 220,000 cases. Such children can live a long life, they can live 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.

“Now the general condition of the child is not bad, measures are being taken to treat him.”

Dr Rakhmonov said blood circulation was “normal” and promised to “take all measures to ensure that the baby survives”.



The mum is now under the supervision of doctors in the maternity ward

He said the parents knew about possible conjoined twins before birth which was by Caesarean.

They specifically refused an abortion, Dr Rakhmonov confirmed.

The mum is now under the supervision of doctors in the maternity ward.

Dr Rakhmonov said the baby’s condition could be the result of a marriage between relatives or from radiation exposure.

Leading medics in Uzbekistan were being consulted and foreign experts would also be contacted to help the child.

One theory emerged that this is a case of Craniopagus parasiticus, an extremely rare type of parasitic twinning that occurs in between two and three cases in five million births.

It involves a parasitic twin head with an undeveloped body becoming 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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