The condition of the child is called ‘dicephalus parapagus’. It is a very rare case and the child is striving for its survival, and the doctors in Sonepat have referred the baby to AIIMS; she is now under observation in the premier hospital.
However, it may not be possible to separate the twins because they share the same body. “The baby girl has two heads, two necks and two spines, but only one body, one lung for each head, two separate oesophaguses and trachea, a single stomach and heart. Most of the vital organs are shared,” said Dr Amit Gupta, medical director of Sonepat’s Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital, where the conjoined twins were born.
“The chances of baby’s survival will become clearer once feeding of the child starts, and also on the functioning of the lungs and the heart. The right lung is functioning well in comparison to the left one, and the whole right side of the child is functioning well,” Gupta told . When By Mansi Tewari in Sonepat the feeding begins, there should be harmony between the two nervous systems of the two sides in relation with the gastrointestinal system. If the child survives it may still be limping, Gupta said.
It was two weeks ago when gynaecologist Dr Shikha Malik was shocked while checking the ultrasound reports of the patient (mother of the child). “It was on February 24 that the patient came to meet me and was into her 8th month of pregnancy. The mother had not gone through any tests earlier as she couldn’t afford an ultrasound test. And it was then we broke the news to the family that there are conjoined twins to be born, and that their babies hadn’t completely separated,” Malik said.
Even when the doctors got ready for the Caesarean section, they were worried about the safety of the mother. “In 50 per cent of such cases the child is stillborn. Only 35 per cent survive till the first day. However, this child has shown her determination and has survived over 24 hours now,” Gupta said.
The baby weighed about 3.5 kg on birth and has kept all the doctors on alert. Her parents are disturbed and at the moment finding it difficult to face the situation. The mother, Urmila Sharma, 28, is recovering at Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital. She had earlier delivered two children without any complication. The father, who works as a labourer in a bicycle factory in Sonepat and earns a meagre salary, is reportedly not ready to accept the baby.