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Old 04-08-08, 11:48 AM   #1
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Two-Faced Baby Worshipped As Goddess

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...r=HOME_4001152

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Girl In Northern India Born With Rare Condition - Except For Ears, Has Duplicates Of Everything

SAINI SUNPURA, India, April 8, 2008

Rural India is deeply superstitious and the little girl, Lali, is being hailed as a return of the Hindu goddess of valor, Durga, a fiery deity traditionally depicted with three eyes and many arms. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

(AP) A baby with two faces was born in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

The baby, Lali, apparently has an extremely rare condition known as craniofacial duplication, where a single head has two faces. Except for her ears, all of Lali's facial features are duplicated - she has two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes.

"My daughter is fine - like any other child," said Vinod Singh, 23, a poor farm worker.

Lali has caused a sensation in the dusty village of Saini Sunpura, 25 miles east of New Delhi. When she left the hospital, eight hours after a normal delivery on March 11, she was swarmed by villagers, said Sabir Ali, the director of Saifi Hospital.

"She drinks milk from her two mouths and opens and shuts all the four eyes at one time," Ali said.

Rural India is deeply superstitious and the little girl is being hailed as a return of the Hindu goddess of valor, Durga, a fiery deity traditionally depicted with three eyes and many arms.

Up to 100 people have been visiting Lali at her home every day to touch her feet out of respect, offer money and receive blessings, Singh told The Associated Press.

"Lali is God's gift to us," said Jaipal Singh, a member of the local village council. "She has brought fame to our village."

Village chief Daulat Ram said he planned to build a temple to Durga in the village.

"I am writing to the state government to provide money to build the temple and help the parents look after their daughter," Ram said.

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 were married in February 2007. Lali is their first child.

Singh said he took his daughter to a hospital in New Delhi where doctors suggested a CT scan to determine whether her internal organs were normal, but Singh said he felt it was unnecessary.

"I don't feel the need of that at this stage as my daughter is behaving like a normal child, posing no problems," he said.

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Hopefully she can lead a semi normal and healthy life.

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Old 04-08-08, 11:49 AM   #2
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Old 04-08-08, 11:51 AM   #3
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One brain? Four optic nerves though? Two esaphaguses?
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Old 04-08-08, 11:51 AM   #4
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Old 04-08-08, 11:57 AM   #5
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Shit, she got a raw deal, two faces AND my dad's beer belly all on one head.
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Old 04-08-08, 12:03 PM   #6
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Here's what the poor family was saying a month ago:

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Saini village/Dadri (UP), Mar 13 (ANI): Villagers thronged to worship an unusual girl child born with two faces and four eyes in Saini village of Gautmam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

Born to Vinod Singh and his wife Sushma, the villagers considered the babe as an incarnation of God and made offerings of money and seeking her blessings.

Meanwhile, the child’s family felt it would be helpful if the government took the initiative for the treatment.

“She has been discharged from the hospital and is doing fine. People worship her in accordance with their beliefs. If the government help us in giving the child suitable treatment, we would happily accept it,” said Braham Singh, grandfather of the child.

The girl child, who was born on Monday at Saifi hospital of Dadri town is doing fine and so is the mother.

“The patient was admitted to our hospital around quarter to six in the morning. An unusual girl child was delivered normally with two heads and four eyes. Both mother and the child are healthy and doing fine,” said Aas Mohammad, a doctor of Saifi hospital in Dadri.

Scores of villagers, who gathered in the house, continued singing devotional prayers and placing the picture of Hindu Goddess Laxmi besides the girl child. (ANI)
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Old 04-08-08, 12:04 PM   #7
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I like how the AP article points out that the people in rural India are "deeply superstitious". The media would never dare print that about Americans who made pilgrimages to a financial building in Clearwater Florida.

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Old 04-08-08, 12:17 PM   #8
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Hopefully she can lead a semi normal and healthy life.

Chris

I'm sure in India that is quite possible since all of the freak of the week stories come from there. India must be the "island of misfit toys" of planet Earth.
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Old 04-08-08, 12:22 PM   #9
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I like how the AP article points out that the people in rural India are "deeply superstitious". The media would never dare print that about Americans who made pilgrimages to a financial building in Clearwater Florida.

No kidding. I have never seen a single article about Americans going to look at something in the shape of the Virgin Mary. Never. It's a freaking urban legend.

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Old 04-08-08, 12:23 PM   #10
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Her left face is adorable! Her right face not so much...
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Old 04-08-08, 12:28 PM   #11
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One brain? Four optic nerves though? Two esaphaguses?
If she has more than one esophagus then that could be problematic when she loses her ability as an infant to swallow and breathe at the same time.
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Old 04-08-08, 03:11 PM   #12
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Old 04-08-08, 03:15 PM   #13
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Her left face is adorable! Her right face not so much...
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Old 04-08-08, 03:33 PM   #14
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Any Nintendo fans besides me see Yoshi?
I see it!
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Old 04-08-08, 04:19 PM   #15
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If she has more than one esophagus then that could be problematic when she loses her ability as an infant to swallow and breathe at the same time.
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It is the result of a protein called Sonic hedgehog homolog (SHH). Among other things, this governs the width of facial features.
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Old 04-08-08, 04:34 PM   #16
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wtf??
Yeah, Biologists are weird. "Sonic Hedgehog", "faint sausage", "sex lethal", "groucho" (yep, that is real - a transcription factor), "death executioner"... the list of silly names goes on and on.
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Old 04-08-08, 04:48 PM   #17
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I like how the AP article points out that the people in rural India are "deeply superstitious". The media would never dare print that about Americans who made pilgrimages to a financial building in Clearwater Florida.


I don't know what the problem is, I mean if people want to pretend to see a cross, who am I to tell them they're wrong?
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Old 04-08-08, 05:49 PM   #18
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No kidding. I have never seen a single article about Americans going to look at something in the shape of the Virgin Mary. Never. It's a freaking urban legend.

I think Nick's point is that when they do so, the news articles all say "Devout Christians thronged to Bumbleshot, Iowa to see a tree stump shaped like the Virgin Mary," and not "Superstitious rubes thronged to Bumbleshot, Iowa to see a tree stump shaped like the Virgin Mary."
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Old 04-08-08, 06:19 PM   #19
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So they think she is the reincarnation of someone with 3 eyes and many arms, and...she has 4 eyes and only 2 arms. I guess they can't count.
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Any Nintendo fans besides me see Yoshi?
I was wondering why I had the sudden urge to go play Mario Kart ... now it makes sense
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Looks like 3 faces. And when you see it, you WILL shit bricks.
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If Christopher Nolan hurries, she could be an interesting addition to The Dark Knight.
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