A woman has given birth to twin daughters who are fused together from their torso…
While Shaheen Begum’s babies share the same stomach and most vital organs, they have two legs and four hands.
They were born via C-section early Monday morning.
The 25-year-old mum, from Shahjahanpur, India, was unaware she was carrying conjoined twins until she gave birth.
The doctors at the hospital were equally shocked when the babies came out fused together.
Dr Gaurav Mishra said: “The ultrasound showed the babies were conjoined but when they came out, they were Siamese twins.
“They are joined together and have two heads, four hands, two legs but share the stomach.
“We have revived the babies, but we have referred them to an advanced hospital to analyse their condition and their future. They are extremely rare.”
Regular medical checks were not possible
Ms Begum’s husband Mohammed Yaseen, 27, a rickshaw-puller could not afford to take his wife for regular medical check-ups and ultrasounds, due to lack of income particularly during the lockdown. Yaseen is shocked by the birth of the rare twins and is hoping for a possible surgery to separate them.
The couple also have a five-year-old daughter.
The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is somewhere between 5 percent and 25 percent.
Conjoined twins develop from a single fertilised egg and are therefore always identical and of the same sex.
Studies show that female conjoined siblings have a higher survival rate than their male counterparts.
Another pair of conjoined twins, Ganga and Jamuna Mondal, are known professionally as “The Spider Girls and The Spider Sisters”. They were also born in India ain around 1969 or 1970 (there are no exact dates for their birth). However, the women have lived a long and full life – even marrying. They are currently 50-years-old.
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