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The birth of a child is usually a joyous event.
However a 30-year-old first time mom in Mumbai is dealing with conflicted feelings.
The woman delivered a healthy baby boy along with a headless baby Doctors at Bombay Hospital claim that the deformed infant, referred to in medical terms as an acardiac monster baby was stillborn.
Along with having no head or neck, the new mother's gynecologist states that the fetus "had one limb as well as fingers emerging directly from the abdomen."
The parents were alerted of the problem during the 5th month of pregnancy, however the mother did not accept medical termination because she didn't want to harm the healthy baby.
Incidents of acardiac monster are rare, occurring in about one in every 40,000 live births. Caused by a congenital malformation, the cases are commonly related to twin pregnancies.
It is characterized by the lack of a functioning heart, where the defective fetus acts like a parasite, receiving blood supply from the healthy donor twin.