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jp-30 01-22-2004 12:32 AM

Hey. double-fine, look behind you... a two-headed baby...
Doctors hope to remove baby's undeveloped second head


Doctors hope to remove baby's undeveloped second head

22.01.2004 12.20 pm

MIAMI - An international team of doctors hopes to operate in the Dominican Republic next month to remove an undeveloped second head from a baby girl born with one of the world's rarest birth defects, caused when a conjoined twin fails to develop in the womb.

The baby, Rebeca Martinez, was born in mid-December at a hospital in Santo Domingo with the head of an undeveloped twin attached to the top of her skull, facing upward.

The infant is otherwise healthy but her brain cannot develop normally unless the undeveloped head is removed, said Dr Santiago Hazim, medical director at the CURE International Centre for Orthopedic Specialties, where the surgery is tentatively set for February 6 or 7.

Her condition, cranio pagus parasiticus, is so rare that there have only been eight documented cases in the world, and no known cases where surgery has been attempted to correct it, Hazim said in a telephone interview.

Conjoined twins form when an embryo begins to split into identical twins and then stops, leaving them fused. Twins conjoined at the head account for about one of every 2.5 million births and about 2 per cent of all conjoined births.

Rarer "parasitic" twins occur when one conjoined twin stops developing in the womb, leaving a smaller, incompletely formed twin that is dependent on the other. They can form as an extra limb, torso or head, or as a complete second body, lacking vital organs.

In Rebeca's case, there is a gap in her skull where the heads are joined, and the blood vessels are intertwined, Hazim said. The vestigial head is enlarged and fringed with dark hair like Rebeca's but has a poorly developed brain and only rudimentary facial features, he said.

No real reason to post this, other than the tenuous link to the Double Fine logo.

Now, quick, someone find a news story about a "gold guy" who carries a prop that makes him look like a giant eye.

Thrik 01-22-2004 12:48 AM


Poor person.

elTee 01-22-2004 01:43 PM

Yes, unfortunate. It reminds me of something I saw here - and I do feel it's necessary to mention that I didn't go to that site of my own free will. I was in a friends room and someone told him to load it up. I heartily recommend that you don't go there, but if you think you're tough enough feel free. I'm far too weak for this stuff, I couldn't watch half of it and even some of the screams made me feel ill.
You Have Been Warned

Orca Wail 01-23-2004 11:36 AM

You warned me. That only made me want to click it more...

...thats...thats sick and amazing at the same time...

:eyeraise: whoa...

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