1790 Copperplate Engraving drawn by William Bell and engraved by Basire, of the “Two Headed Boy of Bengal” in paper by Sir Everard Home showing the boy in 1787 shortly before his death, aged 4 (from cobra bite). Home reported that the boy was “a species of lusus naturae so unaccountable, that, I believe, no similar instance is to be found on record”. In recent times cases of Craniophagus parasiticus include Rebecca Martinez (Dominican Republic) and Manar ad Islaam Maged (Egypt). Sadly both died after surgery to separate the twin. The Bengal boy was described by Home after his grave was plundered by Mr. Dent, the East India company’s representative. From there the skull passed to Sir Everard Home and can still be seen at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons. The boy of Bengal was nearly killed at birth by a midwife who tried to throw the child into a fire.
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