A woman in Mityana has given birth to a baby with 2 heads. Mary Nakasi a wife to Ismail Sentongo of Malangala in Mityana district gave birth to the baby girl at 2:00am on Tuesday.
The baby is in a good condition but the head on top is bigger than the head attached to the baby’s body.The head on top has no ears, eyes , nose and mouth.
The baby was delivered from Mityana Hospital in the caesarian section . Though the mother she is experiencing post natal pains she is in a good condition.
Since morning people have been flooding the hospital but they are not allowed into the ward because this will exposed the baby to infections.
The baby’s father Sentongo has appealed to the Ministry of Health to come to their aid to see that their child is operated because he has no money.
This is not the first time for a baby in such a situation to be delivered. Same incidences have happened in China, Bangladesh, America among others. An example of a baby in a similar situation like the one born in Mityana hospital is shown in the photo below
The original picture will be published shortly.
Doctors have it that operation of such babies is very difficult because they share several veins and brain.
Such a baby is categorized as a conjoined twin though the formation of other twin is incomplete.
Several babies have been born with heads conjoined, though this is the first time it has happened in Uganda.
In 2004, a Dominican baby was born with a second head that was attached only to the first head, not the rest of her body. That condition, in which the second head is the product of a conjoined twin that stops developing in the womb, is known as craniopagus parasiticus. Surgery to remove the parastic twin killed the baby.
In 2005, a baby girl was born in Egypt with another incomplete twin attached at her head. The deformed twin could smile, blink and cry. She was operated and the deformed twin was removed. It died after because it could not survive on its own.
In 2006, baby boy was born with ‘two heads’. The boy had a normal-sized head but it was connected to another small one, reportedly formed because of a congenital problem.
In 2008, a baby boy was born with two heads, a large chest but with 2 arms and 2 legs. He was born in south-western Bangladesh by caesarean section in Keshobpur, 135 kilometres from Dhaka. He weighed 5.5 kilograms.
In 2009, a baby girl was born with 2 heads. She was born in Philippines and out under constant supervision of Doctors.
In Uganda the first conjoined twins were born in 2001 and they were successfully separated from America.
The second pair was born on June 2011 and they were successfully operated in Egypt. They were joined at the chest, abdomen and they shared a liver and a sternum.
2 more conjoined twins were born in July and August but they died immediately after birth.
In October 2011, another set of conjoined twins both girls were born in Lira, they were transferred to Mulago Hospital were they medically supervised. The doctors are to examine them when they reach 9 months.