Schoolgirl, 14, has ‘parasitic twin sister’ growing out of her chest complete with two extra arms and fingers.
Veronica Cominguez, 14, was born with a ‘twin’ which did not develop properly but continued to somehow grow inside her
Now 14-year-old Veronica Cominguez from Iligan City, in the Philippines, is finally going to get the help she needs.
Veronica Cominguez from Iligan City, in the Philippines, has an extra pair of arms and hands growing out of her chest
She was born with surplus limbs and an oblong-shaped torso which belonged to a parasitic twin which did not develop properly.
The extra parts continued to grow and Veronica even cleans her living ”twin” and cuts their finger nails for them.
Locals have now raised money for her to fly to neighbouring Thailand for an operation to remove them.
Veronica said: ”When I was little, I thought it was just a foot but as I grew up, it became bigger.
The extra limbs belong to a ‘parasitic twin’ which did not develop properly
”It’s heavy, it limits my movement. It keeps swinging. My dress often gets wet.”
Veronica’s mother, Flora Cominguez, said their family has a history of twins.
She was not able to see a doctor during her pregnancy but knew she was having twins – and even named both.
Locals have now raised money to help Veronica get the extra appendages removed
Flora said that Veronica’s navel would always get wet because of the liquid that comes out of it.
She added: ”The liquid that comes out of the opening smells bad, like human excretion.”
According to Veronica’s doctor, the extra limbs can be removed through a simple operation.
Dr Beda Espineda, a paediatric surgeon at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, said: ”Most of these cases can be removed.
Schoolgirl Veronica is to travel to Thailand in the coming weeks for an operation to have the ‘twin’ removed.
The parasite is very heavy and often leaks a smelly fluid, making Veronica’s life very difficult
“Because, usually, the body structures involved are not vital.
“Most of them are just attached to the skin or bones. For surgeons, it is easy to remove.”
Veronica is now waiting to have her ”twin” removed as soon as possible.
The local government office in her village, which has her under its welfare care system, said she is due to fly to Thailand in the coming weeks.
A spokesman from the Barangay council of Kabacsanan said: ”It has been arranged for Veronica to have an operation.
“Life has not been easy for her but she’s a very sensible, clever and mature girl.”