Conjoined Twins Sharing One Head Pass Away After 19 Days, Doctors Urged Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 27, 2014   |   6:35PM   |   Sydney, Australia

They lived for 19 days after doctors told their parents to have an abortion. Sadly, on Tuesday, conjoined twins Faith and Hope passed away.

conjoinedtwins6LifeNews profiled the recent birth of conjoined twins who share one head. Although media reports call them the “baby with two faces” the twins are technically two distinct and different people.

Renee Young and Simon Howie of Sydney said that a routine ultrasound found problems with their baby’s development and that the twins they were expecting were actually conjoined twins with a rare medical condition. The twins had a condition known as diprosopus, or craniofacial duplication, a condition whereby parts or all of the face are duplicated on the head. It is so rare, according to a report on the couple and their babies, that just 35 cases have been recorded in humans and no one is alive today who has it.

The parents rejected the suggestion of abortion, saying every day they get with their daughter, who may die shortly after birth, is a blessing.

Last week, Renee and Simon said the twins were already showing different personalities.

But they passed away today, according to a newspaper report:

conjoinedtwins7Young was originally told to terminate the pregnancy but said her amazing little girls had a reasonable chance of survival if they made it to the five week mark.

‘Each time I come means they’ve reached another milestone and pulled through another day,’ their father Simon Howie said.

Even though there is only one body, we call them our twins. To us, they are our girls and we love them.The couple are parents to seven other children and said they were happy to have brought two more  beautiful girls into the world.



We sort of looked at it as; it’d be the same as being a child with autism or Down syndrome. I sort of don’t believe in terminating the baby if it’s healthy and growing fine and everything is going to plan,’ said Mr Howie.