Saturday, November 22, 2008
18-Year-Old Mom To Welcome Conjoined Twins

An 18-year-old British woman is set to make medical history as Britain's youngest mother to conjoined twins.

The mom-to-be is due to give birth in two weeks and a team of doctors is on standby to ensure both babies survive.

Surgeons are also planning to separate the twins in a complex operation, which is usually done only if both babies have their own heart and spinal chord.

It is not known how the twins are joined in utero.

Doctors are set to transfer them from Birmingham’s Women’s Hospital to the city’s Children’s Hospital or Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for the risky procedure.

Conjoined twins are extremely rare — with just one in 200,000 births affected. They are identical twins whose bodies are joined in utero.

We wish this mom luck during her delivery and hope that the babies are healthy on arrival.

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