The mother of the twins, Shivrajo Devi, 24, had delivered the children at a private clinic in a village in Buxar, Bihar on Wednesday evening. But soon after birth, the condition of the twins began to worsen and they were shifted to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Sadar hospital in the city .
Dr. Raj Kumar Gupta, who is a paediatrician at Sadar Hospital, told the “Even though the second genital is missing, we suspect the face of the second baby is a boy, which makes this case even more rare as conjoined twins are usually of the same gender.” After the condition of the twins stabilised, they were again sent to a bigger hospital three hours away.
The twins’ father, Chhota Singh, 30, is a factory worker and is unable to afford costly medical treatment and long travel expenses. “They told us the babies would be needed to be kept in a glass box and we should take them to a big city like Delhi for their treatment,” he says.
Apart from the twins, Singh and his wife are also parents to two other children: a 4-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter. The babies’ parents are still in shock about how the twin’s serious condition was never detected before birth despite regular check-ups during pregnancy apart from ultrasounds.