Two-faced baby doing well
Tot Lali was born in a northern Indian village with two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes – but only two ears.
Hundreds of pilgrims have visited Lali, worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, and her impoverished parents to touch her feet out of respect and receive blessings.
The baby has caused a sensation in the dusty village of Saini, 25 miles from New Delhi.
When she left the hospital, eight hours after a normal delivery, she was swarmed by villagers.
The director of Saifi Hospital Sabir Ali said: “She drinks milk from her two mouths and opens and shuts all the four eyes at one time.”
The child apparently has an extremely rare condition known as craniofacial duplication, where a single head has two faces.
Lali’s condition is often linked to serious health complications, but the doctor said she was doing well.
“She is leading a normal life with no breathing difficulties,” said Ali, adding that he saw no need for surgery.
Lali’s parents, Vinod and Sushma Singh, were married in February 2007 and Lali is their first child.
Sushma said: “Initially we had some problem in accepting the child but now everything is fine.
“She is just like any other child.”