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Parents: Conjoined Twins Die After One Day

Asa and Eli Hamby were born in Atlanta

(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,”... More »

2-Headed Dolphin Washes Ashore

Museum in Turkey hopes to display it

(Newser) - What appears to be a two-headed dolphin has washed up on a beach in Dikili, near the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey. A marine biologist at Akdeniz University hasn't seen the remains in person but says they appear to be that of rare conjoined dolphins, reports the Independent . The... More »

Conjoined Twins Hit Major Milestone

Donnie and Ronnie Galyon have now outlived Bunker twins

(Newser) - Donnie and Ronnie Galyon turned 62 years, eight months, and seven days old yesterday, and whereas most of us might celebrate that little milestone with a shrug and a nap, it means something much more to the twin brothers. The Galyons, conjoined twins who are joined from the breastbone to... More »

Girl With 3 Legs to Have 2 Removed

Born a conjoined twin, the toddler's sister died when they were separated

(Newser) - With three legs all to herself, a 22-month-old toddler from Panama will next month undergo a major surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles to remove the two that don't work. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin, with not just three legs but three kidneys and potential... More »

Extremely Rare Conjoined Twins Die at 3 Weeks

Faith and Hope shared a skull but had separate brains, faces

(Newser) - They were rare even among the rare phenomenon of conjoined twins—Faith and Hope Howie shared a skull, but had separate faces and brains. The twins died yesterday at a hospital in Sydney, just shy of 3 weeks old, reports Australia's News Network . The condition is called diprosopus, and... More »

Rarest of Twins Born With Single Body

Faith and Hope born in Australia on Thursday

(Newser) - As far as rare births go, this is one of the rarest: twins born with a single body but two faces. It's a condition called cranial duplication or "diprosopus"—Greek for "two faces"—and only 35 such births are known to have occurred. Though most... More »

Parents Decide Not to Separate Conjoined Twins

They share a heart, and surgery would be dangerous

(Newser) - Andrew Donovan Lee and twin brother Garrett Lee Donovan Stancombe are only 2 weeks old, but they've already defied some pretty big odds, reports WTAE . The brothers are conjoined twins connected from the breastbone to the waist. Doctors in Indiana, Pa., weren't sure the brothers would make it,... More »

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 »

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