A pair of conjoined twins were born to a mother in Chihuahua, Mexico on January 9, 2017. The girls, who their mother named Menna and May, shared all internal organs apart from their heads. Each girl had their own functioning brain.
Unfortunately, the infants died shortly after birth. No further statement came out regarding the condition of the infants or the birth. However, health officials have noted that the mother is doing well.
As discussed in the Nurse Ghastly post on Craniopagus Parasiticus, conjoined twins occur in about 1 in every 49,000 births. A large majority of these infants are stillborn. Doctors believe this is related to the elevated workload on the small organs to essentially provide for two systems. However, there is ongoing research on this topic in many countries across the globe. However, because this genetic condition is such a rare one it is a difficult one to study.
Separation is possible for some. It greatly depends on the location in which the twins are conjoined and the degree to which they are conjoined. There are many examples of successful separations including Uwenzile and Uyihlelile Shilongonyane in Swaziland, Jadon and Anias McDonald in Illinois. Some cases, however, make separation impossible.
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