A baby boy born with two heads has died, after his Bangladeshi parents took him home from the hospital because they could not afford treatments that could have prolonged his life.
The boy named Kiron passed away aged just two days after developing a fever and breathing difficulties on Wednesday evening.
The boy had been placed under police protection when more than 150,000 people gathered outside the clinic in the town of Keshobpur where he was being treated.
He was moved to a hospital in the neighbouring city of Jessore, but his parents ignored doctors’ advice to seek further treatment in the capital.
“We wanted to refer him to a hospital in Dhaka but the family was so poor that they could not afford to take him there, so they took him home where he died,” KS Alam, one of the doctors treating the boy, said.
“It was a very unusual case. The boy had one body but two complete heads.”
The baby, weighing weighing 12 lbs 1 oz, was born by Cesarean section on Monday in Keshobpur, 85 miles from Dhaka.
He was able to eat through both mouths, although he had only one stomach.
Doctors had been unable to establish whether he had one or two sets of vital organs.
It had been reported in the local press that many of the tens of thousands of people who gathered outside the clinic had left money for the baby’s family.