Siamese twins who lived for just a few minutes outside of the womb died on Friday in India, according to the Daily Mail.
The twins shared a head but they had their own hearts, arms and legs, the report states. The babies were born via C-section on Friday at an eastern India hospital, weighing 2 pounds, 6 ounces, according to the report.
Doctors did not expect them to live long after they discovered the babies shared a brain and face. Dr. Kirtan Vyas, who performed the C-section, said it would have been impossible to separate the babies because of their shared brain. According to the report, the babies were cephalopagus Siamese twins, a extremely rare condition where the embryo fails to divide fully into two unborn babies and the babies instead grow with their heads fused together.
“We had informed the family in advance of the severe complications,” Vyas said.
The parents donated their babies’ body for medical research, the report states.
The report does not mention whether doctors suggested an abortion when they discovered the unborn babies’ condition. However, abortion frequently is suggested when an unborn baby is diagnosed with a fatal condition or even a disability.
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The eugenic push to kill unborn babies with disabilities has become a major concern around the globe. Two U.S. states, Indiana and North Dakota, already have passed laws to ban these discriminatory abortions. In the UK, a mother of a baby with Down syndrome is petitioning the British government to stop discriminatory abortions on babies with disabilities, too.
These efforts recognize that unborn babies like the Siamese twins deserve the same rights as babies outside of the womb, no matter what their lifespan or abilities are.