Baby with a 'second head' is buried alive by his father in India... only to be rescued and given a new chance of life after successful surgery
A 'two-headed' baby who was rescued as his father was having him buried alive will get a fresh start thanks to life-changing surgery.
Surgeons said the child, who has not been named, was born in Kashmir, India, with a second head growing out of his first.
Because of the abnormality, which was filled with dysfunctional brain matter, the father rejected the newborn and tried to have him buried.
But a grave digger in the town of Nowhatta raised the alarm after noticing movement and hearing a feeble cry as he lowered the baby into the ground.
Now the enormous 4.6lbs growth has been removed by neurosurgeons at the nearby Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, giving the child a new lease on life.
Dr Abdul Rashid Bhat, who operated on the baby, said: 'The 40-day-old was born with a head-on-head anomaly and was unacceptable to the family who attempted to bury him alive.
'The police service of Kashmir saved him and admitted him to the hospital. His condition was critically bad, so he was initially admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.'
Dr Bhat said the 'second head' was an example of giant occipital encephalocele.
Encephalocele occurs in one in 5,000 births, when part of the skull has not formed properly and a portion of brain tissue forms in a sac-like protrusion outside it.
In this case, Dr Bhat said, the growth was three times the size of the normal head.
'The operation was aimed at separating the abnormal dysfunctional brain from the normal brain along with skin,' he said.
'It took three hours. The operation was very successful since the normal shape of the head was resumed and the baby started thriving well postoperatively.
'He was discharged from the hospital within only a week of the operation and was seen once by the outpatient department.
'The child is expected to live normally if he does not manifest signs of any other anomaly in any other organ in future.'
According to local media, the father was arrested but later bailed by his brother.
The uncle has reportedly now adopted the child.
Nom de Plume, Beyond the Pale, United Kingdom, 6 days ago
So has he lost brain tissue? I hope he develops normally and has a fruitful life.
j t mcgee, Merseyside, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Poor little guy...how did the mother give birth though?!!
visepi , London, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Surgeons are amazing.
Amanda Scotland, Glasgow, 7 days ago
It's a Neural tube defect called an Encephalocele, not a second head
Full of happiness, Edinburgh, 7 days ago
Aww poor wee mite, let's hope the rest of his life isn't as tough.
DrippyDi, NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Oh my word, how can you bury a child alive. Do the same to the father. I wish that baby a happy,healthy life with lots of love.
Bradgirl34, Devon, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Geordie Lass, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Poor little soul. Hope he recovers well x
Hammer17, CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
What a disgrace the father is
Babsi2016, Singapore, Singapore, 7 days ago
How on earth can you bury anything alive, let alone your own child?
Julie, Milan, 7 days ago
A very distressing story - wishing the little boy a happy and healthy life
Escaped Subject, Everywhere, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Moomin Mama, Hampshire, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Good on the uncle, but what happened to the babys mother?
Stanky PIe, Deep Dark South, United States, 7 days ago
They need laws
Somewhereintheworld1, Global, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
God bless the uncle. Shame on the father. Baby is adorable.
shmoo, Uk, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
What is wrong with people?
salma74, Yorkshire, 7 days ago
The Evil in some people is Shocking, l salute all the Doctors involved in his care.
Northern_lass, north, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
How can any parent bury their child alive, where was his mother?
Empress of Blandings, Emsworth, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
How on earth was the baby born without caesarean section and why wasn't he given medical assistance immediately?
manix3, Cambs, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
I wish this baby boy all the best in the future and give thanks to his uncle for stepping up to be a parent.
Susanna, London, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Can one in 5000 be right? I¿ve never even heard of this before.
Smallgreenbouncyone, here, 7 days ago
Thank goodness the little fella was heard! Hats off to the uncle and the medical team! The 'father' should be punished!
Duckydo, Melbourne, Australia, 7 days ago
hope he makes a speedy recovery, his father on the other hand should be prosecuted.
dipti125, London, UAE, 7 days ago
How can any parent do this. I hope they never have kids again.
Frankey, Spain., United Kingdom, 7 days ago
The poor Mother must have gone through total agony giving Birth.
jodiem, ryde, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Poor little mite, what of the mother tho how on earth did she give birth?
TudorQueen, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Unfortunately this is what happens in closely related marriages, bless the child x
Moneypenny22, Timbuktu, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
So cruel. In some countries life has no value.
G54, London, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Bless him, hopefully it won't effect his growth too much.
MissBing, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Please let this child thrive and go on to lead a happy life.
Whiner, merseyside, United Kingdom, 7 days ago
Barbaric behaviour.Poor child.....
Mycatmurphy, Onanotherplanet, 7 days ago
Let's hope the father gets charged with attempted murder.