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Mother Gives Birth to Conjoined Twins with One Body

Update Date: Mar 15, 2014 11:02 AM EDT
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A mother from Northern India has given birth to conjoined twins this past Wednesday. Unlike other rare cases of conjoined infants, the twins share one body despite having two heads, two necks and two spines.

"Yes this report is perfectly true that we have delivered a female baby having two heads," Dr. Ashish Sehgal, the CEO of Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital located in Sonipat, Haryana, said according to ABC News.

According to reports, the woman, 28-year-old Urmila Sharma, did not have the funds to get an ultrasound at the beginning of her pregnancy. Right before her delivery date, her doctor checked the status of the unborn infant and was shocked to find conjoined twins.

"We only came to know she was carrying conjoined twins after an ultrasound two weeks ago but it was too late to do anything by then," Dr. Shikha Malik, who delivered the baby via Cesarean section, said reported by HuffPost.

She added, "The parents are very distressed, and we are helping the family the best we can."

The twins are currently alive, however, Dr. Sehgal stated that the girls' survival rate is extremely low. The two heads currently share one body with one set of vital organs. Without another body to support one of the twins, separation surgery becomes an even more tricky procedure. The twins weighed in at five pounds and three ounces according to Dr. Sehgal

"She is presently alive and healthy," Dr. Sehgal said according to the New York Daily News.

Dr. Sehgal stated that the twins could undergo a very "meticulous and challenging" procedure that could potentially save their lives. However, the doctors reported that the twins are not stable enough to undergo the surgery at the moment and only time will tell if they can in the near future. In the meantime, the doctors are doing all they can to keep the twins alive at the private hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.

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