One-in-a-million conjoined twins born with two heads and sharing same torso defied the odds to be born alive but died just 24-hours after birth. The parents of the boys were born healthy and placed on a ventilator but doctors say their chances of survival were hopeless.
The unnamed babies, from India, weighing 3.7kg (8.15Ib), shared a liver and a pair of limbs but had separate lungs and hearts. Medics revealed that the mother and father begged them to save their children but they said ‘such kids do not survive’.
They also explained that had they lived, there would have been no possibility of separation surgery. Twins born with two heads, but sharing one body, are known as dicephalic parapagus an extremely unusual form of conjoinment, said to affect only one in a million births.
The boys were born by C-section to a 32-year-old woman at Swami Ramanand Tirth government hospital in Beed in Maharashtra in western India on Sunday, October 29. The mother wished to remain anonymous in fear of being shunned by the locals.
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