Shock engulfed staff of Masvingo General Hospital in Zimbabwe after the facility on April 7 recorded a rare medical incident of a baby born without a head, reports Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
The incident has equally baffled many residents in Masvingo, south-eastern Zimbabwe.
The hospital’s medical superintendent who is a gynecologist Dr Julius Chirengwa confirmed the incident to the ZBC indicating the baby was born along with a twin.
Dr Chirengwa said one of the twins had an abnormally big head while the other had no head.
He revealed the headless baby was born at 6:00am, with the other twin being born 6 hours later.
Dr Chirengwa says such abnormalities are rare, but occur quite sporadically.
“There was the birth of twins at Masvingo Hospital; unfortunately one of the babies was severely deformed. These are abnormalities which can occur once in a while. They are rare cases but they do occur. Like in this case the baby was born without a head.”
Dr Chirengwa said such an abnormality can be caused by many factors but indicated that no explanation has been authoritatively established for the particular incident.
He noted deformities in babies usually occur during the first 8 weeks when the organs are being developed in a process referred to as organo genesis, says ZBC.
“We need to be aware that there are different reasons that can lead to deformities. The other can be a cause of drugs or radiation. There are basically different causes,” added Dr Chirengwa.
ZBC reports that the twin with the abnormally big head died and that both babies have since been incinerated.