Conjoined twin boys were born Thursday morning at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
Asa and Eli Hamby — who share a torso, arms and legs — were born at 7:32 a.m. by Cesarean section to mom Robin and dad Michael Hamby, weighing 9 pounds, 10 ounces, the Daily Mail reports.
“Babies are out and so far they are doing AMAZING,” an 8 a.m. post read on the Hamby Twins Facebook page. “Both babies crying their little eyes out!!!”
The twin boys were delivered at 37 weeks, according to their parents. They also share a heart and circulatory system, so the boys can never be separated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Shortly after giving birth, Robin was told there was an issue with her sons' heart but that they are doing well.
“There is an issue with the right side of the heart,” the 34-year-old mother told the Ledger Enquirer. "The left side is perfect. The right side has like an extra atrium and an extra ventricle, and there's two aortas. One of the arteries is like switched, not in the right place because of having extra ones, but he said that their vital signs are stable."
(via the Daily Mail)
Doctors say Asa and Eli are dicephalic parapagus twins, a very rare form of conjoinment, which affects only one-in-a-million births.
The overall survival rate for conjoined twins is between five and 25 percent, but the Hambys said they relied on their faith throughout the rare and risky pregnancy.
Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Between 40 and 60 percent are stillborn, and nearly 70 percent of conjoined twins are female.
Robin and Michael also have a 22-month-old daughter named Selah, who is in perfect health.
Those who want to donate to the Hamby twins can do so at any Wells Fargo branch or by visiting the twins’ online fundraising page at www.youcaring.com.