Conjoined twins occur in about one in 100,000 pregnancies, and this phenomenon recently occurred in a rare case in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
According to the Daily Mail, a mother there gave birth on Friday to conjoined twins who share most major organs and mostly the same body, but have distinctly separate heads and brains.
Health officials in Mexico have declined to elaborate on the case, according to the Daily Mail, but state that the mother is in stable condition. KVIA News of El Paso reports that the babies appear to be alive and fine at this time.
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The University of Maryland estimates that between 40 percent and 60 percent of conjoined twins are stillborn, and that only 35 percent of those born alive survive for 24 hours. Only 5 percent to 25 percent of conjoined twins survive long-term, the statistics say. Approximately 70 percent of conjoined twins are girls, and for reasons medically unknown, conjoined girls have a better chance of survival than conjoined boys.
Often the chest, pelvis, or abdomen are the most common sites where babies are conjoined, the Mayo Clinic reports.
With so many potential complications and risks, the world easily could see conjoined twins as good candidates for abortion. It is unclear if the babies’ parents knew that they were conjoined before their birth. Fortunately, however, the babies received the chance at life that they deserve.