Doctors in India are facing quite the challenge this weekend, as a woman has given birth to conjoined twins that appear to have two heads and one body.
According to ABC News on Friday, Dr. Ashish Sehgal confirmed the Caesarean section birth of "a female baby having two heads” at the Cygnus J.K. Hindu Hospital in the town of Sonipat, located about an hour away from New Delhi in the northern part of India. The conjoined twins are currently being treated in intensive care and was said to be "alive and healthy," though doctors are not said to believe they will survive.
The seven-pound twins have separate heads, necks, and spines, but share one body, a rare condition known as dicephalic parapagus that does not allow the twins to be equally separated. Two well-known examples of this condition are Abigail and Brittany Henser, who are now 24 years old and once starred on the TLC reality show Abby & Brittany.
The mother to the newborn twins has been identified as 28-year-old Urmila Sharma. Because Sharma and her husband could not afford an ultrasound, she did not know she was carrying twins or that they were conjoined until two weeks before the birth.
Sehgal says an attempt at lifesaving surgery is possible if the twins become stable, but calls it "extremely meticulous and challenging." The parents reportedly have not yet given them names.