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Maria de Nazare, Brazilian Woman, Gives Birth to Healthy Two-Headed Baby

A Brazilian woman has given birth to a healthy baby boy… with two functioning heads.

(Photo: Diário do Pará)

The Daily Mail reports that Maria de Nazare, from Anajás, Pará, gave birth to the 9.9 lb. (4.49 kg.) boy by caesarian section early Monday morning. De Nazare was told to expect twins, but she could never have imagined that her sons would be sharing the same body. The 25-year-old lives in a remote rural area and had no ultrasound examinations prior to giving birth. She only learned of her unique condition, known as dicephalic parapagus, minutes before the boys were born.

She’s named them Emanoel and Jesus, in the spirit of Christmas.

Claudionor Assis de Vasconcelos, director of the hospital where the boys were born, says that tests determined that each of the boys has his own brain and spine but share a single pair of lungs and a shared heart, liver and pelvis.

According to Dr. Vasconcelos, de Nazare showed no negative emotions regarding her sons’ condition.

“On the contrary, the baby was received with much happiness by the family,” he told O Povo. “The mother fed both mouths and the baby stayed with her in her room the whole time. Her desire was to take her baby straight home.”

Naturally, there are no plans to remove one of the heads.

“We are not considering the possibility of surgery,” hospital director Nelia Dalas is quoted in the Daily Mail. “What we’ve got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop.”

This is the second time this year that a two-headed baby has been born in Brazil. According to the Daily Mail, 27-year-old Sueli Ferreira gave birth to such a child in Paraiba, but it died within hours due to a lack of oxygen to one of its brains.

In the United States, Abigail and Brittany Hensel,  dicephalic parapagus twins born in 1990, have achieved national fame. They’re currently studying at Bethel University in Minnesota.

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