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Doctors Say Conjoined Indian Twins with Rare Condition Can Be Saved

| by Emily Smith
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A pair of conjoined twins were born Wednesday in India with two heads and one body, suffering from a medical condition called Dicephalic Parapagus.

The twins were born in Rajasthan’s Tonk district and were transported to JK Lone Hospital in Jaipur, when doctors realized complex medical help would be needed. The twins are currently in critical condition.

The case is only the second to have occurred in India, considering only one in 100,000 births results in the condition and only a small percentage actually survive.

Dr. S.D. Sharma said the medical condition is exceptionally rare, especially in boys.

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Doctors believe that the boys, who have separate nervous systems and backbones, can be saved. They currently share a pelvis, rib cage and shoulder girdle. The twins also have two arms and two legs.

A similar case of conjoined twins occurred in 2011, when two 11-month-year-old girls from Sudan were finally separated after being conjoined at the head. Only one in ten million survive the operation for their special condition, for which they were called craniopagus twins.

Craniopagus twins develop when one fertilized egg fails to separate fully or when the egg separates but fuses together again inside the womb.

Sources: Daily Mail, Indian Express