Watch the set of conjoined twins born with a single heart
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A set of conjoined twins are born at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute for Pediatrics in the Indian state of Odisha who shares a single heart.
The twin girls, who have not been named yet, weighed a combined 8 pounds, 8 ounces when they were born.
Professor Saroj Satpathy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute for Pediatrics said: “This is a case of thoracopagus. The two girls have one heart as they have the same pulse and blood pressure.”
The twin girls are under careful observation and doctors are figuring out if they share other organs as well.
Doctors say that if they have separate sets of organs, they can survive as conjoined twins who share a heart can not be separated.
According to CHOP: “If they have separate sets of organs, chances for surgery and survival are greater than if they share the same organs. As a rule, shared heart conjoined twins cannot be separated.”
The separation will be impossible if they share other vital organs as well. In such cases, the conjoined twins are less likely to survive.
Professor Saroj Satpathy said: “Separation is almost impossible in such cases as there might be sharing of several other vital organs and survival chances become less.”
It is not known if the twins’ parents, Renubala and Pradeep Behera, knew that they were expecting conjoined twins. Because the girl share the chest and they both face inward toward each other.
The occurrence of conjoined twins is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births. Almost half are stillborn while one-third die within 24 hours.
About 70% of conjoined twin cases involve females. About 75% of conjoined twins are joined at least partially in the chest and share organs with one another, according to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
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