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Rare Set of Conjoined Twins Born

Indian baby girls share everything except spinal cords, necks, heads

(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... More »

A First: Conjoined Gray Whales

But the underdeveloped calves don't survive birth

(Newser) - Mexican scientists have made a fascinating, if a little sad, discovery in a Baja California lagoon: conjoined gray whales. Unfortunately, the twin calves were dead, and scientists think they were miscarried before full term. While conjoined twins have been seen in other whale species, this is the first recorded case... More »

Boy, 2, Has His Own Twin Removed From Stomach

Parasitic fetus was 10 inches wide

(Newser) - When Xiao Feng was admitted to a hospital in China with an extremely swollen stomach, doctors made a pretty disturbing find: The 2-year-old boy was carrying his own twin inside his stomach. The undeveloped fetus acted as a parasite, growing until it took up two-thirds of Feng's stomach, Inquisitr... More »

Once-Conjoined Twins Make Debut at Pa. Hospital

Allison June, Amelia Lee Tucker expected 'to have full, independent lives'

(Newser) - More than nine months after they were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, twin girls made their public debut yesterday at the hospital where they were separated. Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker, clad in animal-striped shirts and flowered headbands, were introduced during a news conference at Children'... More »

Top 10 Magazine Articles of 2011

From Paul Haggis to the weirdest movie ever

(Newser) - The year's best magazine articles cover everything from Scientology to conjoined twins to religious slavery in a Louisiana prison. Slate lists 10 favorites via Longform.org , including:
  • "The Apostate," The New Yorker. Famed Hollywood screenwriter Paul Haggis reveals his falling out with the Church of Scientology. "
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Conjoined Twins Share Single Heart

Babies, born in Brazil on Monday, have two heads and two brains

(Newser) - Conjoined twins Jesus and Emanuel, born in Brazil on Monday, have two heads with two functioning brains, but just one heart. The condition, dicephalic parapagus, is extremely rare, thought to affect just one in 100,000 pregnancies—and half don’t reach full-term, the BBC reports. Doctors say Jesus and... More »

Doctors Separate Twins in 18-Hour Surgery

Chileans widely followed the surgery on TV, online

(Newser) - For 18 hours beginning yesterday, Chileans were captivated by the fate of 10-month-old conjoined twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose. The AP reports that the country widely followed the marathon surgery to separate the girls, via both television and Internet. And the outcome thus far seems a happy one: Though... More »

Conjoined Twins Separated

Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, age 2, expected to fully recover

(Newser) - Sisters who spent the first two years of their lives joined at the chest and abdomen have been successfully separated. Yesterday's nearly 10-hour operation at a Stanford hospital began at 6:30am; by about noon Angelina and Angelica Sabuco were no longer conjoined. Some 20 physicians spent the rest... More »

Twins Joined at Head Successfully Separated

Sudanese baby girls were playing within days

(Newser) - In a miraculous story out of London, Sudanese twins conjoined at the tops of their heads were successfully separated in risky four-stage operation, officials announced yesterday. Rital and Ritag Gaboura, 11 months old, went through their final separation last month and were “interacting and playing as before” within days,... More »

Conjoined Girls Born in China

They share one body but have two spines

(Newser) - Two heads, two spines, one body. Conjoined twin girls were born at a hospital in southwestern China on Thursday. The AP reports that the girls, born to farmers, weighed 9 pounds, measured 20 inches, and share many organs, though they each have their own spine and esophagus. Local media quoted... More »

Conjoined Palestinian Twins Inseparable, Likely to Die

Girls had made it out of Gaza to Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's health minister says conjoined Palestinian twins flown to Riyadh from the Gaza Strip cannot be separated and do not have long to live. The 2-week-old twin girls, joined at the chest, overcame immense obstacles to make it out of the Gaza Strip—including an Israeli blockade, rival Palestinian... More »

Docs Separate Conjoined Twins in 25-Hour Surgery

Aussie surgeons still unsure if girls will survive

(Newser) - Twin Bangladeshi girls who were joined at the top of their heads and shared blood vessels and brain tissue were successfully separated Tuesday in Australia after 25 hours of delicate surgery, hospital officials said. It is too early to know whether the 2-year-olds, Trishna and Krishna, suffered any brain damage... More »

Conjoined UK Twin Dies After Separation

Lung failure dooms week-old Hope Williams; sister Faith in stable condition

(Newser) - A British conjoined twin died today, one day after being separated from her sister, the BBC reports. One-week-old Hope Williams’ “lungs were too small to support her breathing and circulation,” the lead surgeon at a London hospital said. Her sister, Faith, is stable but needs more surgery. The... More »

Surgery Looms for Teen Mom's Conjoined Newborns

Brit parents refused to abort Faith and Hope

(Newser) - A medical decision will be made this week on when and how to separate the conjoined newborns of an 18-year-old London mom. The baby girls are joined from chest to navel and share a liver, but have two hearts, reports the Daily Mail. "They're little fighters," said the... More »

'One in a Million' Conjoined Birds Found in Arkansas

Pair dies after landowner rescues them fallen from tree

(Newser) - A pair of barn swallows born joined at the hip are being sent to the Smithsonian Institute for study, the AP reports. An Arkansas landowner found them fallen out of a tree this week and kept them for a day, but they refused to eat and died. Conjoined birds are... More »

8-Limbed Girl Learns to Walk

2-year-old recovering well from marathon surgery to remove parasitic twin

(Newser) - A 2-year-old Indian girl born with eight limbs and worshiped as an incarnation of a Hindu goddess is learning to walk after surgery last fall, CNN reports. Doctors say that Lakshmi Tatma continues to recover from the marathon 27-hour operation that severed a parasitic twin, but that her organs are... More »

8-Limbed Indian Tot Walking

3 months after her surgery, delighted Lakshmi takes first steps

(Newser) - Three months after she underwent an intensive, 27-hour hour operation to remove her parasitic twin's four limbs, 2-year-old Indian tot Lakshmi Tatma, is beginning to walk with assistance, reports the Daily Telegraph. "When she was put in the baby walker she started pushing herself backwards with her legs and... More »

Girl Born With 8 Limbs Gets to Go Home

Doctors say little Lakshmi in India is doing well

(Newser) - The 2-year-old girl whose extra limbs were removed in a marathon surgery left a Bangalore hospital today for home. Doctors say Lakshmi Tata, born with four arms and four legs from a conjoined twin, will recover, but they cautioned she will need more surgery, BBC reports. "Lakshmi is normal,... More »

Lakshmi Makes First Post-Op Appearance

'So far, so good,' says doc who removed Indian girl's extra limbs

(Newser) - Nearly a week after the marathon surgery to remove her two extra arms and legs, 2-year-old Lakshmi Tatma made her first public appearance today, the AP reports. The girl appeared healthy and alert before the Indian media, although her legs are in casts and doctors say she will need additional... More »

Girl Born With 8 Limbs Awake and Smiling

Indian toddler regains consciousness, wiggles toes

(Newser) - Two days after surgery to remove her extra arms, legs, and organs, 2-year old Lakshmi regained consciousness in a Bangalore hospital today and gave the first tentative signs that she's on her way to recovery. She even smiled at her parents and wiggled her toes, the AP reports. Doctors took... More »

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