Manar Maged: Her Parastitic Twin and Her.

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December 22nd, 2007 at 12:43pm
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Craniopagus parasiticus is a medical condition in which a parasitic twin head with an undeveloped (or underdeveloped) body is attached to the head of a developed twin. There have only been eight documented cases of this phenomenon, though to-date there have been at least eighty separate cases of this phenomenon written about in various records. Only three ever have been documented by modern medicine to have survived birth.

On February 19, 2005, 10 month old Manar Maged underwent a successful 13-hour surgery in Egypt. Manar had been featured on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show and in the British documentary series BodyShock. Her twin had no lungs or heart of her own but had her own brain and appeared conscious as she could cry, blink, suckle and sleep at separate times as that of her twin.

Egyptian doctors had to consult a Muslim lawyer to see if the operation to separate the twins was viable as the twin with no organs would die, as well as put Manar in jeopardy but if they didn't, they could die of the strain put on Manar's heart. It was given the go-ahead as long as the twin was named and buried.

The operation was deemed a success, despite Manar being given over 4 times her own blood supply. After the immediate effects of the operation healed, it was found that Manar had brain damage. She died of a brain infection on March 25th 2006.

So, was this the right course of action? What other possibilities could there have been? Could have abortion been an option here? Was it right?
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December 25th, 2007 at 01:54am
wow that picture is really sick o_o, no offense but the underdeveloped one looks like a potato Coolio

I heard about the twins with attached heads or livers or whatever, but not this. I don't think the parents knew about it, so they didn't abort, idk.
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December 31st, 2007 at 02:51pm
Well, there was a recent case too. That girl, Lakshmi. But she managed to live and she can walk and stuff now.
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December 31st, 2007 at 03:15pm
I think that if the parents knew, they should get an abortion.
Because there could have been a possibility of them dead or something.
Can I have the picture. It's not showing, and I really want to see that picture.
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January 3rd, 2008 at 07:04am
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I think that if the parents knew, they should get an abortion.
Because there could have been a possibility of them dead or something.
Can I have the picture. It's not showing, and I really want to see that picture.
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why an abortion if one can live? an abortion would've killed both of them, I mean, one was useless as she had no arms, legs... but the other one did and she could live if they could take of the other one I believe.
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January 6th, 2008 at 07:12am
I'd have tried to keep both of them alive. Can you imagine a person with no arms or legs like that? Brilliant! It'd have to roll away when it storms off as a teenager!
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January 7th, 2008 at 03:02pm
So, was this the right course of action? What other possibilities could there have been?

Think I don't think any of us have the right to answer those questions, we aren't doctors, we don't know all of the conditions and circumstances, we're clueless.
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February 19th, 2008 at 04:02pm
i think it was right to try to separate them. if they tried to keep them both alive and attatched, the twin that had the heart and lungs and such would go through a lot of torture trying to survive. it would be tough learning to walk and think of how she would have to take care of her sister who would have no ability to feed herself. can her twin even be considered a person? if she lived past infancy, well would she learn to talk? could we even call her a she? she doesn't have any thing but a head...idk...it would be best to at least try to save the healthy child..an abortion would be cruel. i think the doctors and parents did what was right. its really sad that the baby ended up dying anyway, but she would have had a really tough life, brain damaged or not, she'd always have the stigma that she had a freakish looking head coming out of the side of her head...i think everything, every life and every death happens for a reason.
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