Fate of the two-headed baby

1 09 2008

Kiron, the Bangladeshi two-headed baby, died from a fever after being taken home from hospital. His parents could not afford to keep him in hospital.

This happened in the time it took for me to drive home from work…

The baby had two heads, but one stomach, one set of genitals, and a single complete set of limbs (two arms and four legs) – click the link  above for a photo.

This is a case incomplete twinning (developmental issues, not a bizarre mutation) – but would Kiron count as two babies or one? If you had to chop off one head, how would you choose?

The baby was apparently rather healthy (probably a victim of impovershed conditions, more than anything developmental) – could he have grown up normally? Would the heads have individual egos? How much control would they have over limbs?




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: