The Incredible Story Of The Two-Headed Boy From Bengal

Samuel Reason - July 8th, 2020

In 1790 a surgeon known as Everard Home wrote a series of medical articles about an extremely rare medical condition, which he was certain had never been recorded before. Of course, we now know he was writing about a two-headed boy that he had found in Bengal. His medical journals contain sketches and drawings, along with the reviews of several of his peers. To this day no doctor has been able to find any cases similar, generally speaking, people with this type of medical condition do not live very long.

Born in the village of Mundul Gait of Bengal in 1783, the Two-Headed Boy grew up in extreme poverty. His life was nearly ended immediately upon birth when the midwife screamed in terror and tried to throw him into a fire. Though he was badly burnt, he somehow survived this initial ordeal of birth and his parents welcomed him into the family. They started to exhibit him in Calcutta where he started to earn the family quite a bit of money. This is where whispers and accounts started to transverse the medical world of this boy that had two heads.

It led to large crowds gathering, which forced the family to cover him with a sheet and keep him hidden. As his fame spread, so did the stature of the people wanting to view him: noblemen, city officials, and civil servants were all clamoring to book him for a home visit. They wanted him there at their galas and parties. This is how accounts finally reached a surgeon: Doctor Everard Home.

Despite all this attention none of it had ever been medical, amazingly the boy seemed to never suffer any side or ill effects of the condition. Unfortunately at the age of four years old, he was bitten by a cobra snake and died of the poison. The East Indian Company robbed the grave and dissected the boy, eventually, this led to the skull being on display at the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of London.

Today we know that technically this would be a case of parasitic twins, known as craniopagus parasiticus which is an extremely rare condition. There are only two other recorded cases known, Rebeca Martinez in 2003 and Manar Maged in 2005; who both died very young.

Next Article
  • The Famous Actress From The 1900s With No Footage

    Valeska Suratt was an American stage and silent film actress who became very popular during the early 1900s. During her career she appeared in over 11 silent films, garnering fans across the whole country. Incredibly despite being so popular, there is no known footage still in existence of her acting. Because in 1937 the infamous...

    Read More
  • Deadliest Plane Attack In Colorado

    The explosion of United Air Lines Flight 629 is the deadliest attack on a commercial airline flight ever to happen over Colorado. One of the first attacks on a flight in the United States, and to this day one of the worst in history. In fact, for the state of Colorado, it is the deadliest...

    Read More
  • The 2003 Slammer Virus That Took The Whole Internet Offline

    An infamous virus that to this day remains a complete mystery wreaked havoc on the world in 2003. Within 10 minutes it infected over 400,000 computers total, and within 40 minutes it doubled its population. Crucially the computer virus infected five of the thirteen root DNS servers, which crippled the world’s internet. In fact, most...

    Read More
  • Byzantine Emperor Justinian II Was Called The Slit Nosed

    Justinian II or as many called him The Slit Nosed, was the last Byzantine Emperor of the Heraclian dynasty. This was a dynasty that took place from 685 to 695, and then again from 705 to 711. Justinian II had extremely ambitious plans and was passionate about growing the empire. His aim was to restore...

    Read More
  • Great Depression Started Dance Marathons For Food

    Events that offered the promise of food and money during the Great Depression attracted people like flies. As a result, huge dance marathons would happen where the winners would get food. The problem was everyone was starving with no solution in sight, they were all determined to win. This caused many dancers to suffer from...

    Read More
  • France’s Deadly WWI Red Zone

    The Zone Rouge, or Red Zone as it is known in English, is a quarantine area throughout Northeastern France that the government decided was inhabitable after World War I. Though the area is non-contiguous, it was deemed unfit for life. Originally, the land covered over 1,200 square kilometers. All of it was considered too damaged...

    Read More
  • Sally Ride First American Women In Space

    On June 18, 1983, NASA Astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to enter space. She launched with her four crewmates on the Shuttle Challenger, on mission STS-7. The ride had been selected with five other women to be part of NASA’s space program back in 1978. With the advances of the space shuttles...

    Read More