In Maharashtra’s Solapur, cojoined twins took birth early on Thursday at civil Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Sarvopachar Hospital. They have two hearts beating in them, two respiratory systems and two food pipes but a single torso. Their mother was admitted to the hospital after labor pain. She then delivered these rarest babies.
As per the medical rules, a prenatal check-up was done after which the parents were informed about their rarest babies. But since the pregnancy was over 24-weeks, the doctors denied to abort the fetus. Head of Department of Pediatric unit, Dr. Shakira Savaskar, said,
“The baby boy who was delivered on Friday weighs 3.9 kg. It was a tough task for us since we went for the cesarean procedure. We got to know through an ultrasound report that the babies are conjoined.”
Source: The Asian Age
Dr. Savaskar further added,
“The newborn babies are breathing very heavily. Apart from this, the function of the lungs, intestine and the esophagus is also not normal. The twins will remain in the NICU for a period of 15 days.”
On asking if there any surgery is possible to separate them, Dr. Savaskar said,
“There are battling with life and they need to recover first. After that, it’s a long way. The call on a surgery can be taken after one year.”
Now, these rarest twins have been admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the hospital, and are placed under 24/7 care with a team of specialist doctors. According to the reports, their condition is critical.