Two-Headed Baby Under Police Protection in Bangladesh

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A two-headed baby born in Bangladesh on Monday is under police protection after a mob arrived to view the newborn in the hospital, according to an Agence France-Presse report in the Telegraph Wednesday.

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.

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

"He has one stomach and he is eating normally with his two mouths," Dr. Mohamad Abdul Bari told AFP. "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." He said the clinic was unable to say if the baby had one or two sets of vital organs.

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