Parents: Conjoined Twins Die After One Day

Asa and Eli Hamby were born in Atlanta
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2014 6:03 PM CST
Updated Dec 6, 2014 5:11 AM CST
Michael and Robin Hamby poses for a picture on Nov. 13, before their boys arrived.   (AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Todd J. Van Emst)

(Newser) – A pair of conjoined twins in Atlanta have died one day after their birth, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dad Michael Hamby announced the news via Facebook in a video last night. “Robin got over there and we got to hold them, love on them and sing to them,” he said. “I miss them, even though I have only got to be with them 24 hours. Feels like a lifetime. I don’t wish this hurt on anybody.”

Asa and Eli shared a torso, arms, and legs, and because they also shared a heart, their chances of survival were low. Still, the boys had defied the odds simply by being born—about half of conjoined twins are stillborn, and most such twins are girls, notes WXIA. “They looked so much like Michael,” said Robin. “They were just the cutest little things. So, so sweet.” The Hambys, who live in Ladonia, Ala., have a 22-month-old daughter.

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