Sunday, April 02, 2006

THE BIZARRE BABY OF NEPAL

I hoped this was an early April Fool's joke. But it may not be after all.

The story of this paper ran on Ekantipur.com on March 29. The story is pretty straightforward, it lays out the alleged facts of the baby's birth and short life, and the discussion board following mostly includes posts saying how disgusting it was the baby was paraded this way, and what the medical condition might be that is responsible for the deformities.

From the original story : "The birth of a bizarre-looking baby in Charikot....on Wednesday, drew a huge number of onlookers to witness the astonishing sight.

"The neck-less baby with its head almost totally sunk into the upper partof the body and with extraordinarily large eyeballs literally popping out of the eye-sockets, was born to Nir Bahadur Karki and Suntali Karki at the Gaurishnkar Hospital in Charikot.

"The bizarre baby, however, died after half an hour of its birth, Suntali, the mother, informed. It was taken to the hospital after its death.

"The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd.

"We wouldn't have been able to save it, even if it had been brought here alive," said a nurse attending to the mother at the hospital, "This is an extremely abnormal case."

"The baby weighed 2kg at birth and was born after the normal nine-month gestation period.

"Suntali, already a mother of two normal daughters, was not suffering from any illness during the pregnancy.

"Nir Bahadur, the father, says he does not feel any remorse for the newly-born baby's death. "I am happy that nothing happened to my wife," he said.


"The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd.

"We wouldn't have been able to save it, even if it had been brought here alive," said a nurse attending to the mother at the hospital, "This is an extremely abnormal case."

"The baby weighed 2kg at birth and was born after the normal nine-month gestation period.

"Suntali, already a mother of two normal daughters, was not suffering from any illness during the pregnancy.

"Nir Bahadur, the father, says he does not feel any remorse for the newly-born baby's death. "I am happy that nothing happened to my wife," he said. END


I've checked Snopes.com and all the other main hoax and urban legends sites and I haven't seen one posting about this four day old story. If it turns out to be fake, I'll correct the record here. Until then....sorry if I've given you too much to think about.

You can find out more about the condition supposedly responsible for this kind of abnormality - Anencephaly - by going here.

Go here for a story from the Russian media
about a 30 year old man who discovered a mutant twin growing inside.

1 comment:

alcyonetwothree said...

the baby was born with anencephaly. a devastating mutation that causes the fetus to grow without most of the brain.