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, Durga.
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.
Lali has caused a sensation in the dusty
“She drinks milk from her two mouths and opens and shuts all the four eyes at one time,” Ali said.
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.
Singh said he took his daughter to a hospital in
“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.