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Baby Born With Extra Head, Undergoes Operation (PHOTOS)

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This photograph, taken on Sept. 18, 2013, shows 3-month-old Asree Gul, with an extra head as she lies at a hospital in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. (AFP/Getty Images)


A baby born with an extra head is recovering this week in Afghanistan after undergoing a risky procedure to have the head removed.
Only a few months old, Asree Gul was discharged from a hospital in eastern Afghanistan after doctors successfully removed the extra head from her scalp, reports the BBC.
Born to farmers in the Chaparhar district, Asree also has a twin sister, who was delivered without complications. Asree's unique condition, however, made it difficult for her to sleep.
The hospital's chief surgeon, Ahmad Obaid Mojadidi, told the Agence France-Pressethat the complicated operation performed on Chaparhar was the first of its kind in the region.
Asree, whose name means "new flower," was not in good condition after the procedure, according to the AFP. Her father, Nematullah, said he had not expected his infant daughter to survive the surgery.
“The doctors saved her life. I thank them,” Nematullah told AFP.
Doctors believe Asree's birth defect is caused when a baby, in this case Asree's potential triplet, does not develop correctly in utero, according to the BBC.
While not officially confirmed, this case appears similar to a rare condition called craniopagus parasiticus, in which an underdeveloped twin is attached to its fully-formed counterpart. One of the most famous examples of craniopagus parasiticus was Egyptian Manar Maged, who had the head of her twin removed in 2005 when she was 10 months old, reported The Telegraph. While that operation was initially successful, the girl developed a severe brain infectionand died about a year after the surgery.
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Asree Gul (left) and her twin sister lie on a bed at a hospital in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad on Sept. 18, 2013, following Asree's surgery to remove an extra head. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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Comment by lawanda Beals on September 30, 2013 at 8:29am


Comment by Big Woman on September 30, 2013 at 1:07am
What little beauties, God bless them, the family and their doctors!
Comment by COREY on September 29, 2013 at 9:05am
Paying for them.
Comment by Nana Akosua Baakan Agyiriwah on September 29, 2013 at 12:29am

Having given birth to four children, I can't imagine what that must have been like. I am assuming she had a Ceasarian. I wonder if all that depleted uranium has anything to do with this birth defect.

Comment by TakeishaThurman on September 28, 2013 at 10:24pm
R.I.P May God Bless Them
Comment by tanya tho on September 28, 2013 at 10:08pm
Wow God bless
Comment by Empress J on September 28, 2013 at 9:34pm
God's children
Comment by K J on September 28, 2013 at 9:21pm
May the LORD always watch over them.....Bless Them All
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on September 27, 2013 at 4:22pm

Asree is a beautiful name !!! I hope she lives a wonderful life !!! Crazy in the midst of all this maddness !!! Jah Bless all de almighty's children !!! Jah Know






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