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    Baby Born with second head to get surgery

    Just my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newswolf
    It's not clear to me what is ocurring. Was this child a siamese twin at one time? I don't get it.

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    Correct River. One baby forms, the other conjoined twin is attached (like a parasite) in some form to the developed baby.

    This story explains it better

    MIAMI (Reuters) - 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.

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    Her condition, craniopagus 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.

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    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.

    http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=4196661

    What is so sad is that the unformed twin's mouth is moving when the other is being fed, and just the whole awfulness of one baby having no real chance ever.
    Last edited by Newswolf; 02-04-2004 at 09:21 PM. Reason: edited to add
    Just my opinion

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    I read about this earlier. How sad. I hope the baby is okay after the surgery. She has a cute little face. I have never seen anything like this before. I think it's ashame that they had to put pictures of this baby on the web. There are weird sites out there that will use that baby's picture.
    Just my opinion of course!!

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    Oh geez... and they said they detect brain activity in the parasitic twin... that opens up a whole different can of worms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansoucie
    Oh geez... and they said they detect brain activity in the parasitic twin... that opens up a whole different can of worms.
    an ethical dilemna no doubt. But without heart and lungs and other vital organs in the rudimentary twin... if separated, a head without a body could not be considered viable, could it? The fact that the mouth moves when the other twin nurses is a bit creepy. But I agree, it is a shame that the picture was posted and will probably fall into the hands of freakish websites. That's unfortunate as a human being is at stake here. I pray for a successful outcome to the surgery.
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    I don't see how it could present an ethical problem, who would want two heads? Who could expect someone to live that way?
    The poor baby, I pray she will be okay.

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    I meant for the parents... brain activity, life, burial , mourning a twin. You know, in persistant vegitative states you rely on brain activity to determine life. This is a much different scenario, but it will be hard on the parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newswolf
    What a terrible tragedy for this family.
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    Wow. I'm amazed, completely.

    She is a beautiful little girl, I applaud her parents giving her a chance.


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    Oh, isn't this sad? They are such a beautiful family. I pray this baby survives the surgery and lives a long and wonderful life.

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    The problem of souls and conjoined twins is one that interests me. I wonder at what point they have seperate souls?

    Has anyone seen the documentary on the conjoined twins that appear to be a two-headed child? They share a body, but have two fully developed brains. They go to school, participate in sports, etc.

    Then, on the weirder side, there are the conjoined twin country music singers. They are joined at the head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxi
    Has anyone seen the documentary on the conjoined twins that appear to be a two-headed child? They share a body, but have two fully developed brains. They go to school, participate in sports, etc.
    Yes, Maxi, I remember seeing that documentary. Girls in Britain - two heads, one body. Each head controls one side of limbs. They've got to be what - 12-15 by now?

    Wow, I don't know what I would have done if faced with this. God bless the parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper
    Yes, Maxi, I remember seeing that documentary. Girls in Britain - two heads, one body. Each head controls one side of limbs. They've got to be what - 12-15 by now?

    Wow, I don't know what I would have done if faced with this. God bless the parents.
    There are also these conjoined twins in the U.S.
    www.adlermediatv.com/JOINEDFORLIFE.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gummybear
    There are also these conjoined twins in the U.S.
    www.adlermediatv.com/JOINEDFORLIFE.html
    Here is a better site:
    members.tripod.com/~Midnightwill/twins.html

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