Suryakant Jena

Cuttack: A woman has given birth to a baby having two heads and three hands at a private nursing home in Kendrapara district on Sunday, doctors said.

The newborn with the rare medical condition was born to Umakant Parida and his wife Ambika, residents of Kani village in Rajnagar area.

Dr. Debashis Sahoo, a paediatrician of the district headquarters hospital of Kendrapara said, “The newborn is eating with two mouths and breathing with two noses and is actually conjoined twin sisters who share a single body, three arms and two legs.”

“The baby was delivered by caesarean section at a private hospital and later shifted to Kendrapara district headquarters hospital. She is physically fit now, but we have shifted her to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics (Sishu Bhawan), Cuttack, for specialized treatment,” Dr Sahoo said.

The father of the baby has requested the Odisha government to lend a helping hand towards the treatment of his girl just like the rare successful separation of the Kandhamal craniopagus twins Jaga and Kalia.