Afghan doctors remove extra head from baby

The girl – named Asree Gul (new flower) one of a pair of  twins – was admitted to a hospital in the eastern city of Jalalabad with an extra head attached to her scalp, said chief surgeon Dr Ahmad Obaid Mojadidi.

"Her mother gave birth to twins, two girls. One girl was in good health but the other had an abnormality. She had an extra head attached to her head," Dr Mojadidi said.

"We separated the extra head from her body," he said, a week after the operation which he described as the most sophisticated ever carried out in the impoverished city.

He said, however, that the baby was not in good condition after the operation.

Nematullah, the father of the infant who like many Afghans uses only one name, said he had not expected his baby to survive the operation.

"The doctors saved her life. I thank them," the emotional father said.

Afghanistan, plagued by more than 30 years of war and still fighting a