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10-06-2016

Allison June And Amelia Lee Tucker - The Duet Of Hope

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About conjoined twins

Conjoined twins who are born with their limbs and organs fused together are actually very rare. Their life expectancy is poor, and up to sixty per cent of them will actually die while being born. About seventy percent who do survive are female and they seem to have a better shot at life than their male counterparts. Conjoined twins come from the same fertilized egg but the egg doesn't separate totally. This causes the growing embryo to divide in two but the process is never completed. The result is conjoined twins who share the same organs and limbs. Statistically speaking, more male twins form inside the womb than females but their survival rate is low. Life for conjoined twins can be extremely difficult due to the restrictive physical factors of the condition. For the parents of such darling babies it is a harsh and traumatic emotional journey, that doesn't always end well.

What causes the condition of conjoined twins?

Cases of conjoined twins date back to the year 1100, the first documented one being that of Mary and Eliza Chulkhurst from the UK who were joined at the hip. Eng and Chang Bunker from Thailand were also renowned for their condition and the term 'Siamese twins' came from there as Thailand was then known as Siam.
Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker - the duet of hope
The pair were displayed in circus shows that travelled across the world. They had children of their own and successful lives and they lived till they were sixty-three years old. The phrase Siamese twins is no longer considered to be politically or socially acceptable these days, hence the new term conjoined twins. The issue of separation surgery has been debated by doctors the world over with many operations delivering disastrous results. So, when a story breaks that reports a happy ending, we welcome it with open arms.
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