Medical Miracle: Doctors Gave These Conjoined Twins Just 24 Hours To Live, But Despite All Odds, Their Health Continues To Improve
October 25, 2018 14:21 By Fabiosa
Statistic says that conjoined twins are a relatively rare occurrence that happens roughly 1 in every 200 identical twin pregnancies. However, not many of them survive past birth, with 40-60% of them being born stillborn and many others leaving this world the first few days after entering it.
Nonetheless, these twin girls were dubbed as a medical miracle.
The wonder twins
Callie and Carter Torres from Idaho were born in January 2017, sharing all organs from the belly button down and having one leg each. The little girls are omphalo-ischiopagus twins, which make up less than 5 percent of all conjoined twins in the world. They have separate hearts and stomachs but share the rest of the organs.
When they were born, Callie and Carter were given only 24 hours to live. The girls were diagnosed with hydrops fetalis, which is a serious condition that kills almost every baby who gets it. But to the joy of their parents, Callie and Carter are still thriving.
Almost all conjoined twins are attempted to be separated by a surgical operation since the 1950s, but Chelsea and Nick Torres, the twins’ parents, don’t want their girls to be separated. They want them to make this decision themselves when they are older and able to understand all the complications that can arise.
Callie and Carter are healthy and happy. Despite their physical appearance, they are just like the rest of the kids and want to be loved and accepted as they are.
Conjoined twins can have a normal life
Abigail Loraine 'Abby' Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel were born in 1990 as conjoined twins. Their parents wanted to have an operation to separate the girls, but doctors said the health risks were too high. Abby and Brittany, two personalities sharing one body, grew up together and learned how to work as a team. They are now 28 years old and work as teachers in a public school.
The girls proved that conjoined twins can live a normal life and contribute to society, despite the odds.