by: Christina Trinidad
Giving birth is a miracle, but that’s an understatement for the phenomena that occurred at 1am Monday morning in the hospital of Anajas, Brazil.
Maria de Nazare initially expected twins, but it was only minutes prior to her delivery that she was informed of her baby’s abnormality. The boys suffer from a rare condition in which one twin fails to fully develop in the womb. Separation is impossible. 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?… What we’ve got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop.”
Maria named her healthy pair Jesus and Emanoel, after an hour long caesarean procedure. The 9.9 pound baby was sent to a specialist hospital in Belem to carry put further test but are expected to go home later on this week.
In fact, this is the second occasion that Brazil has welcomed a two-headed baby this year. Sueli Ferreira, 27 years of age, gave birth in Paraiba State. Sadly, the baby died hours later due to lack of oxygen to one of the brains.