UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Eight-year-old Kang Kang from China has a rare developmental defect. Due to the fact that he was born with a transverse cleft face, he is also called a child with two faces.
It seems that a child is wearing a mask – another face. Transverse cleft face is quite rare (1 in 300,000 newborns) and is often accompanied by other birth defects.
The mother of the child, Yi Lianxi, said that she was 23 years old when her son was born. During pregnancy, she repeatedly underwent ultrasound examinations, but no problems with their help could be identified.
The doctors who took birth were startled and even frightened by the sight of the boy – they even refused to show their newborn mother. Relatives urged to abandon the child and even “throw him away,” but the parents did not agree to this step.
The family lives in a remote Chinese village and after the appearance of such an unusual child, the neighbors began to scorn Yi Lianxi and tease her and the boy.
The public learned about the boy with two faces in 2010, when local television made a report about the child.
The boy’s family managed to raise money for several face reconstruction operations. Doctors need to restore the integrity of most of the bones of the skull and place them where they should be, and in addition, it is necessary to remove excess soft tissue.
The boy transferred the first two of the necessary operations in May and September 2010.
They were successful, but in the future more operations will be required, but first the doctors must make sure that the bones of the face develop and grow normally – this will happen no earlier than in 10 years.
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