Shaheen Khan was told to expect twins after an ultrasound, but she gave birth to a child who has been born with a rare condition known as dicephalic parapagus - where two babies are joined by one torso.
A mother and her doctors have been left in shock after a baby has been born with two heads, two hearts, and three arms.
Doctors had told Shaheen Khan that she was having twins after falling pregnant with her first baby in Ratlam, India.
The undetected condition in which two infants are joined by one torso is called dicephalic parapagus.
This rare condition frequently results in stillbirth, but after surviving, doctors have said they are not planning on surgery. The baby was taken to a hospital in the city of Indore to be monitored by specialists, while the mother remains in the district hospital in Ratlam.
It is still unclear if the newborn is being treated as one child or conjoined twins. Local reports have described it as a baby, but the condition is normally considered a rare form of partial twinning.
Dr Lahoti, said: "These kinds of cases are rare and the condition of babies remains uncertain, especially in the initial days" "Due to this, we have kept them under observation." "We have not planned for any surgery on the patient."
Following a standard ultrasound, Shaheen Khan, was told by doctors she was to expect twins, however, they were completely unaware of this condition.
The third arm of the baby is towards the back between the two heads.
In 2018. a baby was born with two heads and underwent a successful operation to amputate the second head.
In this case, the baby was treated by a brain, nerve, and spinal surgery specialist who removed the second head.
Dr Mehmet Koparan, who was the specialist who performed this particular surgery said a case this severe would normally have been fatal. "In general, encephalocele (cranium bifidum) is seen in one in 5,000 live births," he said. "Grades three and four are less common, and often deadly. This case is grade three."