Newborn conjoined twins at at Jahan Private Hospital in Sadar upazila of Magura on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Dhaka Tribune
The baby’s mother, Sonali Begum, and her husband Palash Molla, a farmer, said they were worried about the girl, after doctors described the condition as one of the rarest forms of birth defects
A woman has given birth to a baby girl with two heads at a hospital in Magura district, doctors said on Wednesday.
The baby, which is actually conjoined twin sisters who share a single body, two arms and two legs, was delivered by Caesarean at Jahan Private Hospital in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The baby’s mother, Sonali Begum, and her husband Palash Molla, a farmer, said they were worried about the girl, after doctors described the condition as one of the rarest forms of birth defects.
According to family sources, Sonali went to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital for a checkup recently but the doctors there had advised her to visit the facility after six weeks.
However, on Tuesday, Palash rushed his wife to Jahan Private Hospital after she complained of stomach pain. Doctors performed an ultrasound on her and the Caesarean a couple of hours later.
Dr Masudul Haque, owner of the hospital, said “The baby is physically fit now, but it is impossible to save the life of the baby without better treatment. We have referred the baby to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.”
Palash has, however, expressed his inability to bear the baby’s medical expenses. “I am a farmer and we have another child to raise,” he said.
Coming to know of the parents’ financial predicaments, Magura 1 MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor pledged to provide financial assistance and arranged for the baby to avail treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.
Magura Civil Surgeon Dr Pradeep Kumar Saha said “This is a very exceptional case and the surgery is equally complicated. The necessary medical facilities aren’t available in Magura so the newborn was sent to Dhaka with the help of Saifuzzaman Shikhor MP.”