Two-headed baby dead

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A "two-headed baby infant" who made headlines nationwide has died eleven days after being born to a 35-year-old woman in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on October 12.

Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City Children's Hospital 1 said the health of the conjoined twins sharing the same body became critical on October 22 with respiratory failures leading to a coma.

The mother, whose name was identified only as M.D., was admitted to the Soc Trang General Hospital early on October 12. After doctors discovered the baby had two heads, they conducted surgery.

The 3.5-kg baby, actually a pair of conjoined twins, was a bit weak after delivery but its condition stabilized with respiratory support.

The baby had two heads, two brains, two hearts, two stomachs, two spinal columns, two legs, one liver, one vagina and one anus. It had two arms if looked at from the front, but there was another one behind. 

The baby was the second child of her mother. Her family said the mother had ultrasound scans done during the pregnancy but doctors were not able to detect the two heads.

Instead, they detected two hearts and informed the family that the mother was having twins.

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One day after its birth, the twin-headed baby was transferred to the Children's Hospital 1 in HCMC.

Doctors from HCMC Children's Hospital 1 had said that it was rather risky to conduct a surgery to separate the conjoined twins and that the case was rare and complicated.

Local reports say the family of the baby was very poor and that the father walked out on the mother when she was six months' pregnant.

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