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A BABY born with two faces is doing well one month on from her birth.


Tot Lali was born in a northern Indian village with two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes - but only two ears.


Hundreds of pilgrims have visited Lali, worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, and her impoverished parents to touch her feet out of respect and receive blessings.


The baby has caused a sensation in the dusty village of Saini, 25 miles from New Delhi.


When she left the hospital, eight hours after a normal delivery, she was swarmed by villagers.


The director of Saifi Hospital Sabir Ali said: “She drinks milk from her two mouths and opens and shuts all the four eyes at one time."


The child apparently has an extremely rare condition known as craniofacial duplication, where a single head has two faces.


Lali’s condition is often linked to serious health complications, but the doctor said she was doing well.


“She is leading a normal life with no breathing difficulties,” said Ali, adding that he saw no need for surgery.


Lali’s parents, Vinod and Sushma Singh, were married in February 2007 and Lali is their first child.




Sushma said: “Initially we had some problem in accepting the child but now everything is fine.


“She is just like any other child.”

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It's so rare that I couldn't even find the disorder in the rare disorders link " http://www.rarediseases.org/ "








Craniofacial duplication (diprosopus).

Turpin IM, Furnas DW, Amlie RN.

No congenital malformation in infants is more profound than anterior craniofacial duplication. The precise term for this rare anomaly is diprosopus, referring to a fetus with a single trunk, normal limbs, and varying degrees of facial duplication. A search of the world literature produced only 16 cases of diprosopus since 1864. Despite the rarity of this anomaly, three such infants were born in the Southern California area during the past year, making this the largest reported series to date. The three infants were born with two distinctly formed faces. Each had four separate eyes, two mouths, two noses, and two ears with a primitive ear or sinus tract at the plane of fusion. In addition, multiple congenital aberrations existed which involved a variety of internal organs. The pathogenesis of diprosopus is not well understood, but environmental stress early in embryologic development has been suggested as a possible factor. The apparent mechanism is a slowing of pregastrulation oxidation with resultant focal developmental arrests.

PMID: 7465661 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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