DOCTORS at Dr Malizo Mpehle Memorial Hospital in Tsolo (Eastern Cape province of South Africa) delivered a baby with an eye and a penis on the forehead yesterday, the provincial health department said.
The baby girl, who was born to a 16-year-old girl from Qumbu, did not survive.
Eastern Cape department of health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the baby was born with one eye on her forehead, and no eyes where her eyes should have been.
She had a penis on the forehead even though she is a girl; and exposed small and large intestines.
“She was born with a small penis on the forehead and one eye on the forehead,” Kupelo said.
“She was born with no nose and where there are supposed to be eyes there was nothing, just skin covered over the area.”
Earlier this month, a pair of conjoined twins were born, also at the Dr Malizo Mpehle district hospital in Tsolo. Kupelo said at the time that they were the fifth set of conjoined twins born in the former Transkei in the past 18 months.
Last year in November, one child was born with an exposed heart in Port Elizabeth and another reported case was one with an exposed brain in Middleberg.
Kupelo said this pressed for the department to do a study. There were 29 birth defects last year alone.
“We urge pregnant women to start ante-natal care early for early detection,” said Kupelo, adding that this was vital especially in the first trimester.
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