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    Surgeons remove baby's "second" head...

    I think this is a very poorly written article describing this "second" head as some "parasite". Yet this independent, undeveloped TWIN that lacked a body did smile and blink. It sounded like this was a real second person but the way they describe it is horrific to me.

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/02/19...eut/index.html

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    the way I am reading this, there were actually 3 babies? One with the head of the other attached, and one was ok? Still a very sad situation. It happens so frequently with the poor pre-natal care, and poor nutrition that happens in many other countries. I am so glad that it is rare.



    "Video footage provided by the hospital, a national center in Egypt for children's medicine, showed Manar smiling and at ease in a cot with the dark-haired "parasitic" twin, attached at the upper left side of the girl's skull, occasionally blinking.

    After the 13-hour operation, Reuters journalists saw the baby, her head swathed in bandages and body wreathed by tubes, in an intensive care ward. A separate twin sister, Noora, is healthy after initial problems with the birth on March 30."
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    Looks like conjoined twins

    After surgery

    "We studied the babies well," Alfy said. "We had to study how the blood supply of the parasite is working."

    full story here

    More links to the story

    It's not mentioned in the articles if the twin had any other organs besides her brain.

    To refer to this child as a baby in one sentence, and a parasite in the next is just dreadful.

    Very moving photographs, and a heartbreaking story.

    Giving thanks this was not my decision to make. \o/
    Prayers for little Manar, Lanie

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    http://us.rd.yahoo.com/dailynews/photos/recip/ss/*http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?p=news&g=events/sc/021905egyptbaby&e=1&tmpl=sl",750,580


    another link..above
    contains photos.


    This was a living child - albeit surviving on her sister's organs but it's just incredibly wrong to call this CHILD a parasite. I would grieve for this lost baby. Very sad

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    It is incredibly sad but I have to ask myself what kind of life the child/children would have had if the operation hadn't been done. Unfortunately life is difficult and forces us to make heartbreaking choices. My great-grandmother had 13 children - all born at home. The last was terribly deformed and had many problems. My grandmother always believed that the doctor that was present euthanized the baby. Unbelievable but she said that is what they usually did then. I wouldn't believe if she hadn't of told me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miimaa
    It is incredibly sad but I have to ask myself what kind of life the child/children would have had if the operation hadn't been done. Unfortunately life is difficult and forces us to make heartbreaking choices. My great-grandmother had 13 children - all born at home. The last was terribly deformed and had many problems. My grandmother always believed that the doctor that was present euthanized the baby. Unbelievable but she said that is what they usually did then. I wouldn't believe if she hadn't of told me.


    I'm in agreement with you. I would have done it had it been my children.

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    How sad.
    I too would grieve for the loss of this other baby. It was not a parasite. It was an actual baby, or start of one. He/She had a perfect llittle face !! Unfortunately, the baby could not survive without the other one and as heartbreaking as it would be, I would have to seperate them.

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    It sounds cruel I know but its called a parasite because its medically known as a parasitic twin..........it cannot survive on its own but is sucking the life out of the baby that can survive so it IS a parasite as far as medicine goes.

    I cant imagine what this family is going through and my prayers are with them!
    The saints are the sinners who keep trying...

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    Just saw this thread. I remember seeing a similar case in Britian I believe with girls sharing one body but 2 heads. Seems each head controls one arm and one leg. When I saw the documentary on TV the girls were about 8 yrs. old.

    They were otherwise separate individuals with independent thoughts and speech, but just attached to one body. I guess in this case they couldn't say one was dominent, therefore the family chose not to have a surgical removal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper
    Just saw this thread. I remember seeing a similar case in Britian I believe with girls sharing one body but 2 heads. Seems each head controls one arm and one leg. When I saw the documentary on TV the girls were about 8 yrs. old.

    They were otherwise separate individuals with independent thoughts and speech, but just attached to one body. I guess in this case they couldn't say one was dominent, therefore the family chose not to have a surgical removal.
    I remember seeing them too. I even think Oprah did a show on them a few years back. They seem to figure it all out. They also were 2 distinct people....they had their own ideas and thoughts. SIGH....must be a challenging life.