1 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Woman Gives Birth to Two Headed Baby

A KADOMA woman has said she leaves everything to God after giving birth to conjoined twins with one body and two heads.

Susan Shonhiwa, 27, delivered the Siamese twins at Chegutu District Hospital last Wednesday and has been transferred to Harare Central Hospital for further examinations.

The babies were said to be in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit where assessments were continuing.

"I am leaving everything in God's hands," she told the Sunday Mail, still in shock.

The babies were born with one body that has two hearts, four lungs, two backbones, two arms, two legs and a male sexual organ.

Shoniwa said she was now waiting for a full report from the medics.

"Although I have accepted what happened, my heart and mind are still overburdened," she said.

"I don't know what to think and how things are going end so I am just waiting for the full report from medical specialists. I have surrendered everything to God."

Her husband, Mabvuto Bero, is equally perplexed.

"In my whole life I have never witnessed something like this and it is still hard for me to face the reality even after the counselling we received from doctors," he said.

"I am finding it difficult even to name the baby because I am not sure whether the baby is single or they are twins . . . I don't know what is going to happen next.

"The doctors have so far established that the heads, hearts and lungs function separately while the organs join from the waist to the bottom.

"They told me that there is need for further assessment as they have not yet figured how the intestines are functioning."

Sister Swanepoel Hedwick, a senior nurse at the Hospital said: "We are currently keeping the babies in the incubator for easy monitoring of the temperatures and oxygen."

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