Update: Kangkang’s case has caught the attention of international media. According to reports, Kangkang will receive free corrective surgery for his two/double faces at a hospital in Shanghai. From Australia’s Ninemsn:
Zhao Huikang [full name of Kangkang] suffers from a severe form of macrostomia, a condition that leaves sufferers with an abnormally wide mouth [...] Family members encouraged his mother Yi Zilian to abandon him but she refused.
“The only thing I could do is to give him more love and more care and try our best to make him live a normal life,” she said.
Zhao’s deformity appeared so severe doctors were reluctant to let his mother see him after he was born, according to reports.
A Shanghai hospital has decided to provide free surgery to the boy to correct the deformity but Dr Ren Tianping said he may need many procedures over time as he grows up.
“Since he can’t chew, the boy also suffers malnutrition,” Dr Tianping said.
“Our surgery will ensure he can eat.”
The procedures will repair the facial bones, muscles and surface tissue but doctors are still unsure whether the surgery will be successful.
Two-faced boy Kangkang video
Kangkang, from China’s Hunan province, is being dubbed as “mask face” baby. Kangkang, 14 months old, was born with a congenital deformity called transverse facial cleft, also known as face horizontal cleft.
As the pictures showing here, Kangkang’s transverse facial cleft condition make him look like wearing a mask on his face, which in fact is not the case .
His parents are the immigrant workers employed at an electronics manufacture company in Guangdong Province. It’s unclear what caused this poor toddler to have such an rare cleft
His mother Mrs. Yi said she underwent 3 B-mode ultrasound examinations and one color Doppler ultrasound examination at two diffident hospitals in Guangdong and her hometown Xiangxiang County during the pregancy and all doctors told her the unborn baby was ok.
Kangkang was born in March , 2009. He now is treated at the People’s Liberation Army’s Military No. 163 Hospital only after his family accumulated enough money for the expensive correction facial surgeries.
Best wishes for Kangkang! Hope he can beat all the difficulties challenging him ahead!