SAINI, India (Reuters) – The family of an Indian baby born with two faces has refused special medical treatment for the infant, saying she is the incarnation of a Hindu goddess.
The month-old girl is suffering from what appears to be craniofacial duplication, an extremely rare congenital disorder in which part of the face is duplicated on the head as it was called by the doctor.
Lali (red), born to a family of poor farm laborers in a village about 55 km (34 miles) east of New Delhi, has an extra pair of eyes, nose, and lips.
Media reported said she ate with both mouths and blinked all four eyes.
The anomaly gave the newborn god-like status in the village, with hundreds of people flocking to the family’s dilapidated brick house to worship her and seek blessings.
The family sees little to differentiate her from other babies and refused to take her to a specialist doctor.
“She is fine. She sleeps, eats and cries like other normal babies … A local doctor said there is nothing wrong with the child,” Bhram Singh, Lali’s grandfather, told Reuters in this village of brick houses and wheat fields.
But he insists the infant is the incarnation of a Hindu goddess and points to the loudspeaker outside his house which blares religious hymns all day.
Villagers believe Lali, named that because of her bright red cheeks, is a form of Shakti, the Hindu goddess of power.