A cruel dad-in-law forced his son’s wife to give birth to a two-headed baby – before ordering her to give it up for adoption.
The mum, from Uzbekistan, was told the twins were conjoined 21 weeks into her pregnancy – but her “deeply religious” dad-in-law banned her from having an abortion.
The newborns have separate heads and brains but share one body – with two lungs, a single stomach and one genital organ.
Docs said the woman, who already has three healthy children, was ordered by her father-in-law to go ahead with the birth.
But after seeing the tragic twins, the man – who identifies himself as the head of the family – decided the child should be given away into state care.
The unnamed father-in-law told local media: “Where could we take them?
“We don’t even know how long they will live. I made a mistake.
“I should have ensured my daughter-in-law (had an abortion). I thought a healthy baby would be born.”
A pal of the mum’s said: “It is hard to imagine what she was thinking all these months, and how she saw the future of her children. She is a mother. She just prayed.”
Senior medic Dr Dilshod Rakhmonov said: “This is a very rare case, only one in 200,000 or 220,000 births” he said.
“Such children can live a long life, they may live up to the age of 30 or 50.
“But our case is a little more complicated, that is, the bodies have grown together into one.
“For this reason, we plan to conduct complex checks.“
He promised to “take all measures” so that the children survive, and added that such conditions may have come from marriage between relatives or radiation exposure.