According to the Huffington Post on Friday, Asree Gul, a baby born with an extra head is recovering this week in Afghanistan after undergoing a risky procedure to have the additional skull removed.
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.
Ahmad Obaid Mojadid, the doctor who carried out the operation, described it as "the first of its kind in Afghanistan's east".
"We don't have very developed equipment," he said, "but we are very happy to have conducted the operation successfully".
He said he worked on his tiny patient free of charge, as the $4,000-$6,000 (£2,500-£3,700) cost of the operation was beyond Asree Gul's family's means.
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.
One of the most famous cases of craniopagus parasiticus was when an Egyptian baby underwent a 13-hour operation to remove the head of a twin that failed to develop in the womb.
Ten-month old Manar Maged was suffering from a rare birth defect known as craniopagus parasiticus, a problem linked to that of conjoined twins joined at the skull.
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