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Photo Of Conjoined Twins Kissing Goes Viral (Photos)

| by John Freund

A photo of conjoined twins apparently kissing has gone viral online.

Shahin Khan gave birth to conjoined twins in Mumbai, India, the Daily Mail reports. The twins have separate brains and spinal cords, but share all other vital organs including a heart and liver. 

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Doctors warned that the twins are unlikely to survive separation surgery due to how fully conjoined they are. CT and MRI scans revealed only one of the twins has lungs.

These twins are also unusual in that they share one heart and neck, making them much harder -- if not impossible -- to separate.  

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Dean of the Sion Hospital, Dr Suleiman Merchant, said: "These conjoined twins have a very complex internal architecture. While they have two separate heads and necks, they are joint from the thorax, that is the part between the neck and the abdomen, and so are completely fused below the umbilicus level. Overall, rarely five to 25 percent of these babies survive. This type of case rarely survives surgery, and without surgery no baby survives"

The twins were delivered by Caesarean section, and their mother is devastated by the news that they will likely not survive.  

Conjoined twins are extremely rare, occurring only once in every 200,000 live births, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Approximately 40 to 60 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and about 35 percent survive only one day.  

Sources: Daily Mail, University of Maryland Medical Center / Photo Credit: Cover Asia Press via Daily Mail