Medicine: Double Boy

From the chest down, Ernie Defort, 12, of Winnipeg was two boys. Ever since he was born, Ernie had carried around a repulsive parasitic growth on his lower chest.* It consisted of two extra arms, an extra abdomen, an extra pelvis, two extra legs, an extra liver. Ernie used to have an extra pair of kidneys, but they were removed when he was two years old.

The parasite was actually Ernie's imperfect twin, the result of incomplete division of embryonic cells before Ernie was born. Imperfect twinning sometimes results in scarcely noticeable effects (a baby may be born with a small tumor...

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