DOCTORS IN YOGYAKARTA ARE FIGHTING TO SAVE BABY WITH TWO HEADS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

YOGYAKARTA, July 4 (Bernama) -- A team of doctors at Hospital Doktor Sarjito Yogyakarta here is doubling its effort to save a baby boy with two heads born nine days ago in Majenang, Cilacap, Central Java.

Head of the team of doctors, Dr Ekawaty Lutfia said the baby is still depending on respiratory aid machine to breathe, local media reported on Thursday.

The baby boy, who is the second child of Usman, 36, and Munjiah, 27, of Desa Purwosari, Wanareja, Cilacap was born at Duta Mulya Maternity Hospital, Majenang at 9.25pm on June 26 by caesarean section

The 4.2 kg baby has two heads or known in medical term as dicephalus parapagus and they are different from siamese twins.

Dicephalus parapagus is a conjoined twin from the head to the neck and it is not a siamese twin as it only has one organ including throat as well as a pair of legs and hands only.

The dicephalus parapagus case is very rare or only one in 200,000 and such births had been recorded in Indonesia in 2009 and 2012.

-- BERNAMA

AFY CHW AO