Formerly Conjoined Twins Have Successfully Been Separated in China
Twins are exceptionally rare. Conjoined twins even more so.
Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births, with approximately 40-60% of them sadly arriving stillborn. About 35% survive only one day.
So this incredible story of a set of conjoined twins who have not only survived, but also been separated and are doing well, is nothing short of a miracle.
This set of little girls, who were attached at the chest, were born in China's Gansu Province.
The footage shows the girls undergoing a three hour surgery involving eight surgeons. The procedure was the first of its kind in the region.
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According to CCTV News, the two girls are '"recovering well and are now being breastfed."
The reason behind conjoined twins is a little bit of a mystery. There are two conflicting theories behind the phenomena. The most commonly believed is that it is down to fission - where the fertilised egg splits, but only partially. Alternatively, the other theory is that the egg splits completely, but the stem cells from each twin 'find each other' and fuse together in the womb.
So no-one knows exactly why it happens. Very interesting.
All I know is that these two are doing well!
Words by Mel Ramsay
Featured image credit: CCTV News