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Baby stable after second head removed

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:11 am    Post subject: Baby stable after second head removed Reply with quote

10-month-old girl suffered from 'parasitic' twin birth defect

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CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian baby born with two heads was in stable condition on Sunday after doctors at a provincial hospital removed one of the heads in a 13-hour operation, the doctors said.

Nasif Hifnawy, head of pediatrics at Benha Children?s Hospital, told Reuters that 10-month-old Manar Maged could move all four limbs and showed no signs of paralysis.

?Manar is now breathing normally and has a normal heartbeat and blood pressure,? he added. The baby remains in intensive care at the hospital, 25 miles north of Cairo, and doctors expect her to stay there for at least seven days.

Manar was born with a rare condition known as craniopagus parasiticus, which occurs when an embryo begins to split into identical twins but fails to complete the process. One of the conjoined twins fails to develop fully in the womb.

As in the case of a girl who died after similar surgery in the Dominican Republic a year ago, the second twin had developed no body. The head that was removed from Manar had been capable of smiling and blinking but not independent life, doctors said. Cap_PDT_01_35

The 13-strong surgical team separated Manar?s brain from the conjoined organ in small stages on Saturday, cutting off the blood supply to the extra head while preventing increased blood flow to Manar?s heart, which would have risked cardiac arrest.

Benha was chosen for its equipment and proximity to the girl?s family.

Last February, seven-week-old Rebeca Martinez died in the Dominican Republic after surgery to remove a second head.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2005 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing stuff, what doctors can do these days.

I feel bad for the baby though. Her chances of survival are probably slim.

I hope that she makes it. smile
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