Baby born with two heads and three arms surprises parents expecting twins

A baby has shocked its parents and the doctors after it was born with two heads, with the parents previously told to expect twins.

The shocking birth took place in a hospital in Ratlam in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh where parents expecting twins were given quite the surprise on delivery.

Instead of twins, the baby was born with two heads and three arms, stumping doctors and stunning the expecting parents.

Shaheen Khan and husband Sohail had been expecting twins during their first pregnancy but instead ended up with a baby sporting two heads and three arms, with the third hand sticking out the back of the baby behind the two heads.

The shocking birth is evidence of an extremely rare birth defect known as dicephalic parapagus, with only a small number of these births known to have survived to adulthood.

Results for babies born with dicephalic parapgus, a condition where two infants are joined at one torso, often results in a stillbirth.

But mum Shaheen remains in the district hospital in Ratlam with India Today reporting the baby's name as Indore.

One doctor has commented on the shock birth at the hospital, saying that the next few days are vital for figuring out whether the baby will require surgery.

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Dr Lahoti, said: "These kinds of cases are rare and the condition of babies remains uncertain, especially in the initial days.

"Due to this, we have kept them under observation. We have not planned for any surgery on the patient."

The child has reportedly been kept in Ratlam's SNCU since its birth, with Dr Naved Quershi saying the condition of the child is critical.

Reports also indicate that while there is an option for surgery, between 60 and 70 percent of babies born with the rare dicephalic parapagus condition survive, with many dying in the womb or within 48 hours of birth.

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