A pair of conjoined twins born in Mexico died before doctors could conduct treatment on them. The babies were sharing the same body with two separate heads. Unfortunately, they died shortly after their birth.
A video surfaced on Youtube last week, on January 6th, showing one of the babies crying while his twin brother was visibly upset. Both babies had plastic tubes leading to their noses. Three days later, however, a local news agency reported the twins passed away before medical experts could conduct any kind of research on them and ultimately come up with a plan to save their lives.
Upon confirming the children’s death, the Institute of Social Security in Mexico did not release any further details. When asked about it, the director of the health facility where the brothers were born and died, Jesus Urrutia, refused to give any details on the matter in an effort to protect the family’s privacy, according to his statement. However, he confirmed the mother was in good health.
The set of conjoined twins was born in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Doctors believe they shared most of the major internal organs. However, each one had his own head and brain. On average, doctors stumble across conjoined twins once in approximately every 200,000 births. Studies have shown only between 5 and 25 conjoined twins survive, while 35 stay alive or only one day, and approximately 60 percent of conjoined twins are stillborn.
Nevertheless, medical advancements in recent years made possible for doctors to be able to separate conjoined twins. However, the procedure is full of risks and can lead to only one of the babies’ survival. In 2015, a set of two conjoined sisters was born via cesarean section in Minnesota. Doctors were able to separate the baby girls. However, only one of them lived, since the babies shared the same heart.
Rather than choosing whose life to save, some parents decide not to go for the medical procedure that could separate their babies. However, if successful, like in the case of two baby girls who were separated in October last year in New York, the procedure allows the children to lead normal lives.
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