Monday, 26 May 2014



A 22-year-old woman, Amelkha Bairva, in India was delivered of a baby girl on the 13 of May, at a small government run hospital.
The baby had the head of her parasitic twin attached to her stomach.
The baby was rushed to another hospital in Jaipur, northern India and 13 days later, a team of doctors successfully detached the head – which was completely formed and attached by the neck to the stomach – in a 90-minute live saving operation.


Dr. Chetan Sharma (center) examines the baby after the successful surgery.

Daily News reports:

“It was a case of hetropahus twin, but we have successfully detached the head that was attached to the anterior abdominal wall. Blood from the baby’s chest and abdomen was feeding the head. We managed to reconstruct the abdominal wall,” Dr. Chetan Sharma, the pediatric surgeon who operated on the baby, said.
“The baby will require a second and final operation to reconstruct the exomphalos after 45 days. And she will then be a completely healthy child with no medical complications in the future.”
The baby girl, yet to be named, was born naturally and weighed 4 pound, 8 ounces, but soon after her delivery she developed jaundice, which delayed surgery.


 The baby is now under close observation in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital and will hopefully be discharged after a month.
Father Ramjilal Bairva, 29, is overjoyed the surgery was a success.
“I am very happy and thankful to the doctors and God for my daughter’s successful surgery,” he said. “I could not hold my baby before, but now I will be able to cuddle her.

Dr. Chetan Sharma (right) was joined in the surgical procedure by Dr. Avnish Bharadwaj (left).

Dr. Chetan Sharma (right) was joined in the surgical procedure by Dr. Avnish Bharadwaj (left).

“She is a very beautiful and I will make sure that she faces no problem in the future,” he added.
Parasitic twins occur when a twin embryo begins to develop in the uterus but the pair doesn’t fully separate. One embryo then becomes the dominant development at the expense of the other.

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