Baby with two faces worshipped as goddess
SAINI SUNPURA, India (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 AP.
I can't help but think she should have super powers of some sort. I'm not sure exactly what yet, but there should be something, no? I wonder if she'll eventually be able to speak out of both mouths. Now that could be cool as hell. You could sing and harmonize with yourself at the same time. You could do a ventriloquist act of sorts and not even need the dummy.
I guess it's just good to be freaky if you live in rural India. You get to live pretty high on the hog as people bring money and gifts nonstop. Of course, nothing great lasts forever. I expect that one day in the future we'll see her again on CNN saying something like 'Curse that baby with 3 faces! She's stolen my rightful place. All of this should be mine! MINE!' It'll sorta be like those poor bastards who have quints only to have another family in the same city pop out sextuplets a week later. Good luck getting companies to give you free stuff with those six smug bastards just a couple miles away. We all know who'll be getting all the interview requests and company donations.