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Conjoined Sisters Separated in Texas

Mom says they're already getting used to life apart

(Newser) - Two sisters in Texas are spending their first hours apart Tuesday—literally. KZTV reports conjoined sisters Ximena and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres have been successfully separated in an operation their mother calls a "miracle." The sisters, who were connected below the waist and shared a colon and bladders, were born... More »

'Youngest' Conjoined Twins Undergo 'Extreme' Surgery

Preemie girls were just 8 days old when successfully separated

(Newser) - The numbers, put forth by the BBC , are fairly staggering: a surgery with a 1% chance of success, to be performed on sisters just eight days old—and who had been born eight weeks premature. But Swiss media reports that the conjoined twins were successfully separated on Dec. 10 at... More »

Conjoined Twin Girls Successfully Separated

Doctors are 'cautiously optimistic' about the infants' future

(Newser) - Doctors at a Kentucky hospital have successfully separated conjoined twin girls. Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville said in a statement that the eight-hour surgery was performed on the 7-week-old girls on Nov. 11. While both remain on ventilators, the statement said they are getting stronger each day. The girls... More »

Success! Rare Conjoined Twins Separated in Fla.

Parents elated 5-month-old Connor and Carter are 'doing very well'

(Newser) - "My word of the day is awesome." That was Bryan Mirabal's reaction to the surgery that successfully separated his conjoined 5-month-old boys last week, per the Florida Times-Union . The 26-year-old and his 24-year-old fiancee Michelle Brantley are celebrating the procedure on their boys, Connor and Carter, which... More »

After Plenty of Faith, Hope, Conjoined Twins Separated

Knatalye Hope, Adeline Faith Mata are 10 months old

(Newser) - Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born conjoined on April 11 and spent 10 months connected at the chest and abdomen—but on Tuesday at Texas Children's Hospital, the girls were successfully separated. After months of preparation, a team of more than 26 medical professionals from numerous specialties... More »

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 , 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 »

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