A couple in Australia found out that their unborn child has two brains and two faces, but despite doctors' suggesting they terminate the pregnancy, the couple have decided to fight for their child’s life.
Renee Young and Simon Howie were excited when they found out they were having twins, but an ultrasound led doctors to discover that it was just one baby with a rare medical condition called diprosopus. For babies with this condition, parts or all of the face are duplicated.
"Shocked, confused, a little bit of everything," said Howie of being told about his unborn child’s condition. "I wasn't sure how to take in what he was explaining to me."
According to reports, there have only been around 35 cases of this rare disorder in recorded history, and not one has survived any significant amount of time after being born. For this reason, doctors suggested that the couple terminate the pregnancy, but Howie and Young decided they wanted to spend whatever time they could with their child.
"It'd be the same as being a child with autism or Down syndrome,” said Howie. “I don't believe in terminating the baby if it's healthy and growing fine, and everything is going to plan.”
Young agrees with Howie, adding that they are looking forward to meeting their child regardless of how long it lives.
“If I only get two days with the baby, I only get two days with the baby,” said Young. “At least I have some time with it. That's just the time we actually get to spend with the baby and its brothers and sisters get to meet their little brother or sister."
Young is currently 19 weeks pregnant. The couple says that doctors urged them to have an abortion because their child would be “looked upon as a freak.”