Two-Headed Baby Dies, Parents Couldn't Afford Medical Care

A two-headed baby born in Bangladesh on Monday has died after his parents took him home because they could not afford medical care, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday.

The boy, named Kiron, was born by Caesarean section at a clinic in Keshobpur, 85 miles from the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. He weighed 12 pounds, 1 ounce.

Kiron was under police guard at the hospital because officials felt that the baby and his mother were at risk from the anxious crowd of 150,000 that had gathered to see him.

Babies born with physical abnormalities in Bangladesh and India are often hailed as living gods. An eight-limbed girl named Lakshmi born in India last October was believed by villagers to be a reincarnation of the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth.

Kiron died at home Wednesday night.

The baby was a unique case with one body, but two heads, his mother's gynecologist told AFP.

"He has one stomach and he is eating normally with his two mouths," Dr. Mohamad Abdul Bari said prior to his death. "He has one genital organ and a full set of limbs."

Bari said the baby developed from one embryo "but there was a developmental anomaly."

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