A baby born with two heads, three arms and two hearts has left doctors stunned in India.
Shaheen Khan and her husband Sohail were expecting two fully formed twins, but were shocked when she gave birth to what appeared to be a baby with two heads on March 28 in Ratlam, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The condition is known as dicephalic parapagus – where two infants are joined by one torso – and often results in a stillbirth.
But the miracle conjoined twins have so far survived and have been admitted to a hospital in the nearby city of Indore to be monitored by doctors.
Shaheen remains in the district hospital in Ratlam.
One of the doctors, 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.’
Twins born with two heads, but sharing one body, are known as dicephalic parapagus – an extremely unusual form of conjoinment which is said to affect only one in a million births.