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27 August 2008

Two-headed baby born

A baby boy born with two heads in Bangladesh has been placed under police protection because of the curiosity his birth has caused among locals, a doctor said Wednesday.

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A baby boy born with two heads in south-western Bangladesh has been placed under police protection because of the curiosity his birth has caused among locals, a doctor said Wednesday.

The boy, named Kiron, was born by Caesarean section on Monday weighing 5.5 kilogram's (12 pounds 1 ounce) in Keshobpur, 135 kilometres (85 miles) from Dhaka, gynaecologist Mohamad Abdul Bari told AFP.

"He has one stomach and he is eating normally with his two mouths. He has one genital organ and a full set of limbs," he said. "He was born from one embryo, but there was a developmental anomaly."

The clinic had been unable to determine whether the baby had one or two sets of vital organs, Bari said. But his life was not in immediate danger although he and his mother, 22, had been moved to a larger hospital in nearby Jessore city because large crowds had gathered at the clinic, he said.

"Around 150 000 people gathered yesterday from different areas. It became tough for us to care for the baby. We called police to tackle the situation and they are guarding the hospital in Jessore as well," he said.

The daily newspaper Samakal said many well-wishers had left money for the baby's family. – (Sapa, August 2008)

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