About conjoined twinsConjoined 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.
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.
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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