Maria de Nazare, a 23-year-old Brazilian woman has given birth to conjoined twins with one body and two heads - a case of rare conjoined anomaly known as dicephalic parapagus.

The twins, named Jesus and Emanuel, were born Monday and have two brains, two backbones and one heart, local newspaper O Povo reported.

However, Brazilian doctors are not sure whether they can safely operate on the conjoined baby.


Conjoined Twins

One baby is healthy, while the other has a breathing problem, a hospital statement said.

The twins, weighing 4.6 kg, were born by caesarian section and later were transferred by plane to a hospital in the state capital Belem on Tuesday for medical evaluations.

Doctor Neila Dahas, who is treating the newborns, told The Telegraph that separating the heads would be impossible because the twin has only one set of organs.

What we know statistically is that the children who undergo surgery and survive are the children who have fewer organs in common, and it is difficult to choose which head to remove because both brains are functioning well, she said.

Nazare did not have any ultrasound during pregnancy and she was made aware of the baby’s condition only a few months before the birth, Fox News reported.

The case of Jesus and Emanuel is similar to the case of Abigail and Brittany Hensel of the United States, who are now 19 years old. Abigail and Brittany Hensel have become media celebrities after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

This year in May a baby girl in China was born with two heads.