Rare Set of Conjoined Twins Born
Indian baby girls share everything except spinal cords, necks, heads
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Posted Mar 15, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A woman in India gave birth to a very rare set of conjoined twins yesterday: They have separate spinal cords, necks, and heads, but share everything else, so there is a very slim chance the girls would be able to be separated. According to New York Daily News, mom Urmila Sharma couldn't afford an ultrasound early on in her pregnancy and believed she was only carrying one child; it was just two weeks ago when her doctors realized Sharma was carrying conjoined twins. Doctors fear their chances of survival are not strong; they are currently being cared for in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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WhateverYouSay
Mar 16, 2014 7:54 AM CDT
It's hard to imagine that these two in India… or is she one?.. will survive. But, some of the conjoined twins with two heads that have lived, such as Abigail and Brittany, have more individual organs and limbs than these and it's easier to think of them as two people. If one considers there are two girls joined on one body, with both heads having brain activity, separation is impossible as it would kill one. If one feels there is only one person with an appendage head, then perhaps one head can be removed. What a dilemma.
John Iavarone
Mar 16, 2014 4:59 AM CDT
Should have had an abortion. Now the only logical think to do is chop off one of the heads.
Code000
Mar 15, 2014 11:56 PM CDT
I always find it fascinating that these kinds of things including evolutionary oddities (ie, dormant genes turned on) happen mostly in Asian countries (especially in China). I believe i was reading a study and it said it might likely be due to the large amount of sex and resulting births in those countries since they produce the most children relative to the rest of the world.