On Sunday evening, a woman gave birth to conjoined twins at the Swami Ramanand Tirth Rural (SRTR) Govt Medical College Ambejogai, Beed district. An emergency C-Section was successfully performed by the team of doctors who had to save the foetus and the mother. The twins have two heads and share one heart, two lungs and kidneys.
The newborn, who weighed 3.7 kg at birth, has now been kept in the NICU. Their feedings have been carried out through IVs.
“At around 9:30 pm on Sunday, October 29, the C-section was done. The newborns will be kept in the NICU until they manage to take their feeding independently.
Also, it is necessary to make sure that they don’t have any infections. The mother has been shifted to another ward and her condition is post-delivery is stable and she is doing well. This was not a premature delivery,” informed Dr Sudhir Deshmukh, Dean of SRTR Govt Medical College Ambejogai.
As the conjoined twins start to grow, many complications can gradually come to the fore. In this case, Dr Sudhir Deshmukh explained what could be the possibilities.
“In such cases, usually coordination problem is observed. The body receives orders from two brains, so problems may arise in hand, leg and eye movements. Also, the survival rate of such twins is low,” said Dr Deshmukh.
Dr Paras Kothari, Professor and Head of Paediatric Surgery, Sion Hospital, Mumbai said that the separation is not possible as there is only one heart. “There is a good chance that in such cases, there will be heart problems. The survival period of such babies is three to six months. As they grow, there might not get enough blood supply to their entire body. We had a similar case in our hospital in 2015. Surgeries on such babies involve a higher risk,” informed Dr Kothari.