Maria de Nazare, a woman from a rural village in Brazil was told she was expecting twins. What she got was one of the biggest surprises of her life. de Nazare gave birth to a baby with two heads weighing 9 pounds and 9 ounces. She named the baby (babies) Emanoel and Jesus in the spirit of Christmas. The baby has two heads, two brains and two spines but shares one heart, one set of lungs, one liver and one pelvis.
Because of the rural location the woman lives in she has never had an ultrasound of the baby and was only alerted to the babies issues a few minutes before the baby was born. The baby was born at 1am on Monday morning.
The attending physician told the Daily Mail,
“When doctors scanned her they realized that the baby had two heads and that a normal birth would be a great risk both for mother and baby. The caesarean took an hour because the baby was sitting down. Despite all the problems we have as a small interior hospital we managed to save both mother and baby, which was our aim. And for us it was a great surprise to find out that the child was in really good health.”
Neila Dahas, director of the Santa Casa hospital said,
“If both their brains are functioning, how are we going to choose which head to remove? We are not considering the possibility of surgery. What we’ve got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop.”
He also commented on how the mother did not seem the slightest but distraught by the revelation that her baby would have two heads and in fact welcomed the baby with enthusiasm into her family.