Second two-headed baby to be born in Brazil is healthy
December 22, 2011
A child born with two heads is a rare occurrence, and Brazil recently welcomed the second two-headed human baby of the year at a small hospital in Anajas. The Daily Mail reports that this baby was born with two fully-formed heads that share one body, in which all the vital organs are functioning normally. The mother and her doctors were completely unaware of the situation right up until the final few minutes before the baby was born.
"Despite all the problems we have as a small interior hospital, we managed to save both mother and baby, which was our aim," Claudionor Assis de Vasconcelos, the hospital's director, told the news source. "And for us, it was great news to find out the child was in really good health."
The other two-headed baby born in Brazil only survived a few hours after birth because one of the heads was not getting enough oxygen, but doctors are hopeful that this new life will last. People can make calls to Brazil to talk to their friends about the unique birth.
There have been other cases of people born with similar defects leading happy, healthy lives. For instance, a set of conjoined twins in America share an a body and many organs, and they are now 21 years old and living life normally.