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Parents Sushma, left, and Vinod Singh pose with their daughter Lali  in Saini Sunpura.
Gurinder Osan / AP
updated 10:36 a.m. ET, Tues., April. 8, 2008

SAINI SUNPURA, India - A baby with two faces was born in a northern Indian village, where she is doing well and is being worshipped as the reincarnation of a Hindu goddess, her father said Tuesday.

The baby, Lali, apparently has an extremely rare condition known as craniofacial duplication, where a single head has two faces. Except for her ears, all of Lali's facial features are duplicated she has two noses, two pairs of lips and two pairs of eyes.

"My daughter is fine like any other child," said Vinod Singh, 23, a poor farm worker.

Lali has caused a sensation in the dusty village of Saini Sunpura, 25 miles east of New Delhi. When she left the hospital, eight hours after a normal delivery on March 11, she was swarmed by villagers, said Sabir Ali, the director of Saifi Hospital.

"She drinks milk from her two mouths and opens and shuts all the four eyes at one time," Ali said.

Rural India is deeply superstitious and the little girl is being hailed as a return of the Hindu goddess of valor, Durga, a fiery deity traditionally depicted with three eyes and many arms.

'Leading a normal life'

Up to 100 people have been visiting Lali at her home every day to touch her feet out of respect, offer money and receive blessings, Singh told The Associated Press.

"Lali is God's gift to us," said Jaipal Singh, a member of the local village council. "She has brought fame to our village."

Gurinder Osan / AP
The baby's rare condition is often linked to serious health complications, but Lali is doing well, a doctor says.

Village chief Daulat Ram said he planned to build a temple to Durga in the village.

"I am writing to the state government to provide money to build the temple and help the parents look after their daughter," Ram said.

Lali's condition is often linked to serious health complications, but the doctor said she was doing well.

"She is leading a normal life with no breathing difficulties," said Ali, adding that he saw no need for surgery.

Lali's parents were married in February 2007. Lali is their first child.

Singh said he took his daughter to a hospital in New Delhi where doctors suggested a CT scan to determine whether her internal organs were normal, but Singh said he felt it was unnecessary.

"I don't feel the need of that at this stage as my daughter is behaving like a normal child, posing no problems," he said.

Poor Girl. Feel sorry for her. :(




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The_ ATL (4/8/2008)
"You sound like my republican family members."

Care to elaborate?

"How come all these freaks are born over in India?" -The_ATL

Republicans are racist ####

I have posted time and time again that my wife is from India. I have to hear this #### from my southern relatives all the time. "What if the baby is a freak?". "You should have married a nice WHITE girl".

Republicans are all the same.

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you guys make it sound like India is a 3rd world country. These cases usually occur in the poorest places. Its got to be something they eat or drink. The rest of India is just fine. The malls in India are probably 10 times better than in America or London, and i was astonished at its beauty when i first went there. India has a big rift between the rich and the poor.

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XLDenaliReturns (4/8/2008)
india is barely 2nd-world. they're pretty **** close to 3rd-world. that said, i'd love to visit sometime.

oh you are mistaken there my friend. You would be surprised. There is a star bucks at every corner in big cities and cities have major growth. India's economy is 6th in the world. That said the rural areas still do live in poverty. As i said there is a big rift in the society.

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