Two-month-old baby boy has been born in Indonesia that has two faces and two brains but just one head because his conjoined twin did not develop properly in the womb. The complication has left Gilang Andika looking disfigured and suffering from a potentially fatal brain condition, which is causing fluid to build up. Gilang is technically a conjoined twin - a condition which affects one in every 250,000 births.
On Gilang's head he has the face and brain of a sibling which did not grow its own body in the womb, because their mother's egg did not completely split in two during pregnancy, as reported by Daily Mail. Because of his rare predicament, Gilang cannot be breastfed and has to be fed milk through a tube.
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Gilang is also suffering from a condition called hydrocephalus which is caused by a build-up of fluid in the brain. Many babies who are born with hydrocephalus have long-term brain damage which can cause learning disabilities, speech, vision, epilepsy or memory problems. Doctors have said that Gilang is likely to not live long because of his condition.
Gilang's parents Ernilasari and Mustafa desperately want help to save their son's life after local doctors told them they were unable to operate. They want to seek treatment for Gilang, but they don't have the money. Dr Nenden Ismawati, who looked after Gilang at Awal Bros Hospital in Badam, says it is unlikely doctors will be able to perform surgery. He told Kompas News, "Indeed, we suggested surgery to one of the hospitals in Jakarta which has better equipment than Awal Bros Hospital, but it also does not mean it he can be operated on right away, because doctors in Jakarta are still discussing the case."
Despite three ultrasound scans, doctors did not notice the problem and during her pregnancy the mother said she did not feel anything strange. "The doctor just said the baby's head is enlarged and he is in breech position," said Ernilasari. It is believed he has a disorder called diprosopus, one of the rarest deformities in humans and one which most do not survive beyond birth. The condition is known as craniofacial duplication and causes part of all of the face to be grown twice because of a problem during the egg's division in the womb.