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Doctors Remove Extra Head From Baby Girl

February 20, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

Egyptian doctors removed a second head from a 10-month-old girl who had one of the rarest birth defects.

Manar Maged was in serious but improving condition after the procedure to treat her for craniopagus parasiticus, said Abla Alfy, a consultant in pediatric intensive care at the hospital in Benha, about 30 miles north of Cairo.

"After surgery ... you get unstable blood pressure, you get fever. But she is stabilizing," Alfy said.

Manar was born a conjoined twin, but the twin had developed no body. The head that was removed from Manar was capable of smiling and blinking but not independent life, doctors said.

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