Very rare conjoined twin brothers have been born via a pre-planned C-section today in Atlanta. The babies share the same body and heart and can never be separated. Asa and Eli Hamby were welcomed into the world to mom Robin and dad Michael and, according to their dedicated “Hamby Twins” Facebook page, the babies are both healthy and well.
Born with two heads, but sharing the rest of the body, the condition Asa and Eli have is known as “dicephalic parapagus”. It is an extremely unusual form of conjoinment, which affects only one-in-a-million births. The reason Asa and Eli can never be separated is that they share one heart and one circulatory system.
The next few days will be vital for the Hamby Twins, as statistics from the University of Maryland Medical Center state that only 35 percent of conjoined twins survive for even one day. The overall survival rate for conjoined twins, not just for those with Esa and Eli’s conjoinment, is between five and 25 percent. Making the odds steeper still is the fact that female conjoined twins are three times as likely to be born alive as are male conjoined twins, reports The Ledger Enquirer.
While the babies share the same body and have one set of arms and legs, the doctors believe that they also share the same heart and liver and astonishingly, have three lungs — one for each and a shared third one. The twins have separate esophaguses, stomachs, intestines, kidneys (one each), ureters, bladders (fused together), gall bladders (fused together) and spinal cords.
Michael Hamby told the Ledger Enquirer that, when they discovered that the babies were conjoined, they “were trying to push toward termination”. However, he said, “we’re strong Christian people, and we don’t believe in that”. So they kept the twins. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Asa & Eli’s first picture with their Mom Robin! Robin was reunited with her new sons when she woke from the c-section late morning on Thursday.
2. Robin Hamby poses for a group picture with family and friends prior to her scheduled Caesarian section of conjoined twin boys on Thursday morning.
3. The Hamby’s, who already have a 22-month-old daughter, have been preparing for the birth of their sons since their first visit to the ob/gyn in May.
4. This CGI graphic (left) shows what Asa and Eli will look like.
5. Michael and daughter Selah spend time with Robin before she is operated on to deliver their sons.
6. Robin, Michael and Selah Humby have welcomed two new family members today in Atlanta.
7. Asa and Eli are seen here in an ultrasound taken at 35-weeks. The first time that Robin and Michael had seen the faces of their two unborn sons.
And here is a video of Michael Hamby making an announcement after his conjoined twins were delivered successfully:
Source: The Ledger Enquirer.
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