Rare Conjoined Twins Born Sharing One Heart, Parents Rejected Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 4, 2014   |   3:02PM   |   Washington, DC

For any couple preparing for the birth of a new baby, there’s great anticipation and much nervousness. Even if the baby is healthy, the birthing process and having a new little one to care for brings on a certain amount of stress.

conjoinedtwins17But imagine the stress of preparing for twins. Then, multiply that by imaging the stress of preparing for conjoined twins. Multiply that again by preparing for the birth of conjoined twins who share just one heart. That’s the world in which Robin and Michael Hamby found themselves.

The Hambys said their twin babies may have just one heart but they say it’s a perfect one. And that’s why the Hambys rejected an abortion and looked forward to the birth of their twins.

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Today was the joyous occasion of their birth:

Conjoined twin boys, sharing a heart, torso, arms and legs, were born early on Thursday in an Atlanta hospital, marking a medical rarity as many such babies do not survive delivery.

Relatives cheered their arrival at Northside Hospital, where the twins were delivered at 7:32 a.m. local time (EST), according to a hospital spokeswoman.

“Babies are out and so far they are doing AMAZING. Both babies crying their little eyes out!!!” Emily Berdeaux, a relative, wrote on a family Facebook page early on Thursday.

The twins, who share a heart and circulatory system, will not be separated, according to social media posts by their parents, Michael and Robin Hamby of Alabama.

“I need a lot of prayer for my boys,” said Michael Hamby on a Facebook video posted oconjoinedtwins16n Wednesday night.

The newborn brothers were given medication for their joint heart and intubated to help them breathe, Michael Hamby told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer newspaper on Thursday morning.

At LifeNews.com over the years, we’ve profiled a number of conjoined twins. In some cases, parents of the twins were given suggestions by doctors to have an abortion. In other cases, the babies were given a chance at life and they were unable to be separated because their unique medical situation made it medically dangerous to perform the surgery, which could have placed their lives at risk.

In those later cases like Tatiana and Christa, who are joined at the head, while some people in society would view them as “freaks” who have a low “quality of life,” they can see through each others’ eyes and they totally support each other physically and em