A baby girl has been born with two faces

Im not one to normally ask abour why bad things happen to good people, but in this instance I have been wondering what is God’s purpose behind this girl being born this way.

I can’t see much postives behind this. Instead, it seems that this condition cannot be fixed by medicine, Hindu’s are claiming that this girl is a deity, and this girl will probably not be able to live a normal life.

What is God’s reason or plan for this occurrence?

The parents seem like they love their daughter very much and have now accepted the condition their daughter has.

Here’s the link:news.com.au/story/0,23599,23509452-2,00.html

Baby Lali born with two faces in cranofacial duplication

The parents of an Indian infant girl born with two faces say she is eating and breathing normally despite having two pairs of eyes and lips and two noses.

The one-month-old baby, named Lali, is the first child of factory worker Vinod Kumar and his wife Sushma.

She has caused a sensation, attracting a stream of curious observers and others who consider her a deity in the deeply religious Hindu-majority country.

Lali’s extremely rare condition is known as craniofacial duplication, where a single head has two faces. Her facial features are duplicated with the exception of her ears - she has two.

“She drinks milk from her two mouths and opens and shuts all the four eyes at one time,” the director of Saifi Hospital, Sabir Ali, said

"She is leading a normal life with no breathing difficulties.’’

He said he saw no need for surgery.

Lali’s father said he was apprehensive when he first saw his daughter.

“I had never seen something like this in my life so naturally I was a little scared when I first saw her,” he said.

Her mother, Sushma, told The Hindustan Times her daughter was “just like any other child”.

"Initially we had some problem in accepting the child but now everything is fine,’’ she said.

The family has no plans to consult doctors to check if the girl can receive treatment or corrective surgery.

“The doctor said everything is normal when she was born. So where’s the need to get medical help?” 24-year-old Kumar said.

“She’s fed through one mouth and sucks her thumb with the other. We use whichever mouth is free to feed her.”

Doctors said it was an extremely rare case, with the girl having two skulls joined together, and that separating them was out of the question.

“Since the heads are fused, separating them is not possible,” paediatrician D.K Gupta of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences told The Hindustan Times newspaper.

But doctors said the girl should be examined thoroughly to study the possibility of complications.

“Clearly the child is in no immediate danger but it has to be checked whether the oral and nasal cavity and other passages” are functioning properly, Dr Gupta said.

The case comes just months after Indian doctors performed a rare, marathon surgery to remove the extra limbs of a girl born with four arms and legs.

Two-year-old Lakshmi Tatma’s case captivated the nation last year as domestic and international media focused on her complicated surgery performed in southern Bangalore city in November.

This year, Lakshmi started taking her first steps with the help of a baby walker, delighting her parents and doctors.

Lakshmi, named after the four-armed Hindu goddess of wealth, was born fused to the pelvis of a twin that had stopped developing in her mother’s womb - a condition that occurs once in 50,000 conjoined twin births.

Kumar said he had heard about Lakshmi, but did not want to change anything about his daughter’s features.

“Whatever God has given me is acceptable. What can we do about it?” he said.

Re. “What is God’s reason or plan for this occurrence?”

We can’t look for God’s hand in every event that occurs. Part of free will is the free happenings of nature; otherwise every bad event that occurs would be God’s “doing,” His way of punishing us for some sin we committed.

God created the world and nature’s laws. He allows those laws to operate on the world and on us. Sometimes hurricanes occur, but not because God sent them to punish some bad people. Sometimes it’s warm and sunny, but not because God is rewarding some people who have been good recently. Good weather and bad weather are all part of God’s ultimate plan; He doesn’t interfere with every-day occurrences.

Perhaps His reason or plan for this occurrence is to give us the opportunity for find a solution. Isn’t every step of human progress the result of a problem that needed solving?

Looks so cute though.

India has a disproportionate number of news stories about deformities. Does anyone know why the birth defect rate is so high there? Or is it just that these cases make the news more in India?

India has a huge population, most of whom are exposed to all kinds of freaky chemicals and diseases. That’d do it.

But I’ve got to agree with Harmony: cuuuuute.

Exactly HOW rare is it? I mean, it’d be more likely to occur in India because they’ve just got more people, so although they’ve the same percentage worldwide, I’d like to know how common it is.

I don’t think she’s cute at all, but her eyes are peculiarly pretty. It’s weird.

There is much marriage among closely related individuals in India and that accounts to some degree for the level of birth defects seen. One of the articles linked to the baby in the OP explains this; wish I could find the link now.

I don’t have any stats on hand, but just keep in mind that millions of people in India live in what would be considered absolutely abysmal conditions in the States. Dirty water, chemicals, radioactivity – these people are dealing with the works.

If categorized under conjoined twins or twinning, it occurs in 1 out of every 50,ooo pregnancies.

The majority of cases are found in India and China. Although no one reason can be given due to further research being needed, several reasons are:

  1. Genetics: inbreeding
  2. Population: a large population seems to go hand in hand
  3. Health: The general health of the people is low, with malnutrition, starvation and disease being the norm
  4. Medicine/Hospitals: Little or no access to healthcare is available

The two most popular theories on conjoined twins are:

  1. The fertilized egg delays in its splitting, or does not successfully split.

  2. Environmental factors such as poor nutrition and the mother’s original poor health (e.g. disease/small stature) encourage twin competition, where the twins fight for nutrition and space.

Basically, this isn’t some mean God giving this couple a horrible kid. It’s their corrupt government and overpopulated, underfed country that has raised the risk for this complication.

Your info on India (and maybe even China) seems rather outdated. Inbreeding may certainly be a factor, but starvation and lack of access to health care? No.

There is a still much poverty in India, but starvation is certainly not the norm and while the quality of health care that can be accessed varies with income, at the basic level, it’s free and available to all, though often limited by cultural factors.

The up and coming middle class in these countries is quite a phenomenon, actually. Their economies (China and India) are becoming forces to be reckoned with. Lifestyle and culture? That’s a whole nuther, story.

Corrupt governments, well, let’s see…given my poor opinion of politicians in general, I really can’t be objective, so I’ll reserve my opinion…:wink:

I don’t deny a middle class. In fact, I found the methods of acclimating Indians so that they can work for certain businesses such as tax preparation and telemarketing to be similar to the early 1900s of America. Arguably effective.

That being said, India still has a subculture filled with disease, deformities and complications.

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