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Feb. 6th, 2004

A Dominican baby is about to go through surgery to remove its second head.

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monospace
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:15 pm (UTC)
How about put it behind the cut and then bring it back out if people request it?
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:26 pm (UTC)
That's probably a good idea.
monospace
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC)
Re:
By the way, there's a discussion about this in debate. Did you already see it?
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
Re:
I didn't see it. I'll go look.
ex_939624
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
Although the second head is only partially developed, its mouth moves when Rebeca is being breast-fed.

That is so wild. No wonder the mom had a hat on it when I saw her on the news this morning.

Sad stuff. Rebeca is a beautiful baby, too. I hope she is OK.
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC)
She is a very pretty baby, you're right. There's a close-up on the website of Rebecca's face. Her twin head isn't nearly as cute.
ex_939624
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
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It's very sad. I have twins, as you know, and I can't imagine how it would feel to be their mother, looking at that second head, knowing that is what it was - her other twin daughter.

I feel bad for that woman, especially since the facial features do in fact move.
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2004 01:51 pm (UTC)
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I feel bad too, since it's such a tender area for them to be cutting and sewing and grafting. But she mentioned that the doctor told them it was a tumor, so maybe that makes it easier. It's definitely not formed enough for me to feel like it's another person.
ex_939624
Feb. 6th, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I agree. I think the best thing to do is to look at it as a growth (which is basically what it is) and reove it to make Rebeca's life normal.

In a way, they're fortunate that it's just a head - so many situations with conjoined twins involves keeping two babies alive and not just one.
radmegan
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
wooooah.
lilturtle
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
OMG!

My first question is how something like that can happen! WOW!
rivulet
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
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It talks about it in the article. Basically it was her twin, and it stopped developing, so it became a parasite. It's happened many times with babies who have extra limbs and stuff, but this is like the 8th case of a parasite attached to the host's head.
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