An Afghani girl is doing well after undergoing surgery to remove the extra head she was born with. Doctors say that Asree Gul was able to return home to her family Wednesday.
The BBC reports that doctors worked for hours to perform the rare and extremely delicate operation on the two-month old baby, having to carefully avoid the blood vessels and nerves on Asree’s scalp in order to remove the extra appendage. The chief surgeon on the case, Ahmad Obaid Mojadid, said that the operation was "the first of its kind in Afghanistan's east".
Asree, whose name means “new flower,” lives in the Chaparhar district of Afghanistan and her family are all farmers. Although doctors aren’t certain, they believe her extra head was from another baby that failed to develop properly in the womb. Asree already has a twin sister, so the head would have belonged to the girls’ potential triplet.
Since Asree’s family could not afford the expensive surgery, the doctor performed the procedure for free. Dr. Mojadid explains, "We don't have very developed equipment, but we are very happy to have conducted the operation successfully." The girl’s father, Nematullah, told Agence Free Presse that he didn’t expect his daughter to live through the procedure. “The doctors saved her life. I thank them.”