The life of a conjoined twin is complex, extraordinary, and emblematic of public intrigue, driving experts to want to pry into the intimacy of their lives and ask the questions: How do they feel, think, write, run, and engage in sexual activity?
One in every 200,000 live births results in a set of conjoined twins, and their chances of survival are between just 5 and 25 percent.
“This type of conjoined twins are known as omphalopagus twins‚ which means they were joined at the lower abdomen and do not share a heart‚” they noted.“Pre-operative assessments indicated that the babies also did not share any other vital organs.
This considerably improved their chances of surviving the surgical separation and will also contribute greatly to them leading healthy lives going forward‚” said De Villiers.
“The fact that there was a skin bridge between them‚ meant that there was sufficient skin to close the resultant surgical wound on each baby without the need for plastic surgery.”Uwenzile and Uyihlelile were born by caesarean section.
Bongkile and Mbongeni are also parents to twin boys aged two.
They share a heart, making it nearly impossible to surgically separate them without one or both twins dying.
Roughly 40 percent of all conjoined twins are thoracopagus.
They starred in their own Abby & Brittany reality series on TLC.Abigail and Brittany Hensel Abigail Loraine Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined.They are highly symmetric, giving the appearance of having just a single body with little variation from normal proportion.De Villiers said that the twins were joined only by a bridge of skin‚ which made the operation simpler than if they shared vital organs.“There are always considerable risks when separating conjoined twins‚ but we have been cautiously optimistic all along that the operation would have a good outcome for both twins‚” she observed.