Born with Two Heads

Most of us take it for granted, but the process of sexual reproduction has been, for the most part, so incredibly well fine tuned over evolutionary time that most of us don't have cleft palates, a hidden chimera condition, a conjoined sibling, or even an identical twin. Given the delicate precision with which the process of embryonic development must take place, it really is mind-boggling that we are born as healthy and unique individuals.

Sometimes, however, things don't go so smoothly and children are born with congenital conditions that will make medical history and really bring into question the comfortable and simplistic categories through which we are used to making sense of the world.

The following documentary traces the moving story of one such case: a little girl born with a condition known as Craniopagus Parasiticus (her parasitic sister's unembodied head was fused to hers). This is a touching story of scientific curiosity, parental love, difficult choices and tenacious perseverance against incredible odds.


Oprah didn't call in faith healers for their vast medical expertise?!?

Although the surgery was a success, Manar succumbed to an infection a year later.
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