Baby born with two faces and two brains

He was born with two faces and two brains but just one head.

His parents, Ernilasari and Mustafa, now desperately want help to save their son’s life after local doctors told them they were unable to operate.

Conjoined twin

Although he has just one body with two arms and two legs, Gilang is technically a conjoined twin – a condition which affects one in every 250,000 births.

On his 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.

He cannot be breastfed and is currently receiving milk through a tube. He also has a condition called hydrocephalus, which is caused by a build-up of fluid in the brain.

Brain damage

Many babies who are born with hydrocephalus have long-term brain damage, which can cause learning disabilities, speech, vision or memory problems, or epilepsy.

Ernilasari and father Mustafa did not know about their son’s serious illness until he was born by Caesarean section. Three ultrasound scans failed to notice any problems during the pregnancy.

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