Brazilian conjoined twins born with two heads, one body

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(CBS/AP) A Brazilian woman has given birth to conjoined twins with one body and two heads. The boys have been named Jesus and Emanuel.

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Obstetrician Dr. Neila Dahas of the Santa Casa de Misericodia Hospital in the city of Belem says the twins were born Monday by Cesarean section (click here to see the twins' picture).

Each boy has his own brain and spinal cord, but they share all other organs, including the heart, lungs and liver, Dahas said on the hospital's website. She said one of the boys is having respiratory problems and requires "special care."

The boys' 25-year-old mother had no ultra-sound scans during her pregnancy and only found out about the twins' condition minutes before their birth, The Daily Mail reported.

Dahas said it is too early to tell how the twins will develop, but she doesn't expect they will be separated.

"We are not considering the possibility of surgery," she said. "What we've got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop."

  • CBS News Staff

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