Since then, medical anomalies especially on human, surely astound the world. One of the frightening human incongruities is the demon face or the two-faced people.
Two-faced people is a rare and extremely bizarre medical condition known as Craniopagus Parasiticus. The condition is when a twin fails to develop completely but through its will to survive, attaches itself to the head of its twin. The other name of Craniopagus Parasiticus is Parasitic Twin.
Handsome and bright as he was, Edward Mordake should live a happy life. However, it was not the case because he was living a cursed existence. Edward has a second smaller face on his back.
Stories that the face could not talk or eat but said to whisper horrible things to Edward. Its face would grin wickedly while he weep for his misery. Its gaze would follow anyone who seen it and its lips would move as if saying something.
Edward plead doctors to remove his demon twin but they refused since the operation was dangerous. He committed suicide at the age of 23. He left a note requesting that the ‘demon face’ be destroyed before his burial, ‘lest it continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave.’
George Gould wrote in his book Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine:
“One of the weirdest as well as most melancholy stories of human deformity is that of Edward Mordake, said to have been heir to one of the noblest peerages in England. Edward never claimed the title, however, and committed suicide in his twenty-third year.
He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the visits even of the members of his own family. He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of rare ability. His figure was remarkable for its grace, and his face — that is to say, his natural face — was that of an Antinous. But upon the back of his head was another face, that of a beautiful girl, ‘lovely as a dream, hideous as a devil.’ The female face was a mere mask, ‘occupying only a small portion of the posterior part of the skull, yet exhibiting every sign of intelligence, of a malignant sort, however.’ It would be been seen to smile and sneer while Mordake was weeping.”
CHANG TZU PING
Born in China, Chang Tzu Ping has a face on the right side of his head. The second face has traces of eyes, nose and ears and a mouth, teeth and undeveloped tongue. According to Chang, the second mouth would open if he would open his mouth.
In 1980s, a US soldier spotted him and suggested to Chang to remove this devil face. The operation was successful. He returned to his native town in China and live his life like everyone else.
THE TWO-HEADED BOY FROM BENGAL
In May 1783, the quiet village of Mundul Gait in Bengal was stunned when a baby was born with two heads. The midwife was frightened that she threw the newborn into the fire. However, the baby survived despite injury to the eye, ear and upper head.
The boy had another head on top of the other. The second head had underdeveloped eyes and ears and appeared to behave on its own.
Stories said that when the boy cried or smiled, the second head would not show similar emotions. When the boy is fed, the second head would salivate and suckle if given something to its mouth. The second head would be alert when the boy was sound asleep.
The two-headed boy of Bengal died when he was four due to cobra bite. An agent of East India Company dug up the boy’s body and took his skull and brought to England for study. Examination revealed that the heads could work individually although only the primary head could talk. The boy also had two complete brains.
On March 2004, Naglaa Mohammed Yehiya from Aghur, Egypt gave birth to a twin. When she learned that the other baby was just a head attached to her sister, she was shocked.
Naglaa named her children Manar and Islaam. With no body, Islaam was attached to Manar’s head. Islaam could blink and smile on her own but completely helpless. Doctors said that although the girls had two different brains, Manar’s vital organs nourished Islaam. However, Manar suffered heart trouble that threatened her life. The extra head would also deflect Manar from crawling or getting up.
In February 2005, Manar underwent a surgery that would detached the heads. The operation was successful. However, Manar died due to brain infection in March 2006.