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NOIDA, India - The parents of an Indian infant girl born with two faces say that she is eating and breathing normally despite having two pairs of eyes and lips and two noses.

The baby, who is yet to be named, was born to factory worker Vinod Kumar and his wife Sushma three weeks ago in northern India and has been drawing a stream of curious observers and others who consider her a deity in this deeply religious Hindu-majority country.

"I had never seen something like this in my life so naturally I was a little scared when I first saw her," her father said at the weekend at the family's mud-and-brick house in Noida town, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) northeast of New Delhi.

The girl has found easy acceptance in Kumar's large, extended family, who say they have no plans to consult doctors to check if the girl can receive treatment or corrective surgery.

"The doctor said everything is normal when she was born. So where's the need to get medical help?" said the child's father.

"She's fed through one mouth and sucks her thumb with the other. We use whichever mouth is free to feed her," the 24-year-old Kumar told AFP, adding she is eating and breathing normally.

Doctors said it was an extremely rare case, with the girl having two skulls joined together, and that separating them was out of the question.

"Since the heads are fused, separating them is not possible," paediatrician D.K Gupta of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences told the Hindustan Times newspaper on the weekend.

But doctors said the girl should be examined thoroughly to study the possibility of complications.

"Clearly the child is in no immediate danger but it has to be checked whether the oral and nasal cavity and other passages" are functioning properly, paediatrician Gupta said.

The case comes just months after Indian doctors performed a rare, marathon surgery to remove the extra limbs of a girl born with four arms and legs.

Two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma's case captivated the nation last year as domestic and international media focused on her complicated surgery performed in southern Bangalore city in November.

This year, Lakshmi started taking her first steps with the help of a baby walker, delighting her parents and doctors.

Lakshmi, named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth, was born fused to the pelvis of a twin that had stopped developing in her mother's womb -- a condition that occurs once in 50,000 conjoined twin births.

Kumar said he had heard about Lakshmi, but did not want to change anything about his daughter's features.

"Whatever God has given me is acceptable. What can we do about it?" he said, lifting the baby to take her away after allowing a brief glimpse of her as neighbours crowded around her cot.

"This child is very special to us," the baby's grandfather chimed in, gazing lovingly at the infant.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2008-04/07/content_6595204.htm

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,337492,00.html

She's only a few days old and already a baby girl in Northern India is being worshipped as a reincarnated god.

• Click here to watch a video of the girl

The newborn is unlike any other child villagers have seen before — she has two faces.

The girl was born on Monday at a hospital in the suburbs of Delhi, according to the Daily Mail.

Since then, people in her rural village have been singing and dancing — offering money and asking for her blessings.

The parents are hoping the government will help with medical treatments needed for their baby girl in the future.

For now though, both mother and child are healthy and doing fine, according to a doctor at the hospital.
 

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She looks pretty content in the pictures. That's fascinating, and a little terrifying at the same time. I mean in terms of conjoined twins/having the skull fused. It's just scary to imagine because it seems conjoined, but not. :Oo

Also, I know this is probably insensitive but the first thing I thought of, was that she reminded me of those characters in Neverending Story, when Atreyu accepts his quest. Hopefully she can live comfortably :sad:


^^ Those guys. Awesome film!
 

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I wonder for how long such person can live :shrug:.
...a book I started, but didn't finish: Very Special People, mentions "parasitic twins" that grow...ahem...have lengthy life terms.

Chang and Eng never separated. Neither did the Hilton twins: Daisy and Violet. ...the surgery is fairly recent...
 

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I find it curious that the article refers to the "baby girl" as one person -- clearly there are two individuals here.
 

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Whether there are two individuals or one depends on whether there are two independent brains or one. A hospital would have to perform imaging studies before that's known.
 

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I find it curious that the article refers to the "baby girl" as one person -- clearly there are two individuals here.
i think there's only 1 brain there so it's 1 individual
 

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Whether there are two individuals or one depends on whether there are two independent brains or one. A hospital will have to perform imaging studies before that's known.
yep, in the article it doesnt say anything about the brain
 

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Wow!

I once saw a similar person and it was in an X-men Comic Book :
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Anyways joking aside, I hope the baby grows well to a health adult. It will interesting when she starts speaking, will both faces speak or act with synchronized movements? When they are feeding her, which face do they feed? So many questions I can't wait to see the answers. This truly is a human marvel and the family have been truly blessed.
 
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