Veronica Cominguez, is a 14 years old girl from the Philippines. She has kept a secret under her clothes for 14 years, since the day she was born and now when it gets exposed, it shocked everyone. Veronica was born with two limbs and an oblong-shaped growth on her chest and stomach.
The extra parts have developed alongside with her body and even grow fingernails she has to cut and keep clean. Actually, these parts belong to a parasitic twin, the smaller and incomplete member of a pair of conjoined twins. These parts entirely dependent on the body functions from its fully formed twin.
Veronica who lives in Iligan City in the Philippines has been living a miserable life but now ultimately she will finally be able to lead a normal life after locals got together and raised money for her to fly to Thailand for surgery. On this Veronica says,
“When I was little, I thought it was just a foot. But as I grew up, it became bigger. It keeps swinging. My dress often gets wet.”
Veronica’s mother, Flora, said her daughter’s navel gets wet because of the liquid that comes out of the limbs. Flora further explained,
“The liquid that comes out of the opening smells bad, like human excretion.”
Dr Beda Espineda, a pediatric surgeon at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, said:
“Most of these cases can be removed 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.”