A women living in Solapur, has given birth to conjoined twins on Thursday morning at Dr Vaishampaiyan Memorial Government Medical College.
Doctors said the twins have two heads, two hearts, two lungs and only one liver. The twins have been admitted into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the hospital, and are placed under 24/7 care with a team of specialist doctors.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Professor Dr Shakira Savaskar, who is the head of the paediatrics department at the hospital, said, “It’s a mammoth task which has been laid in front of us. We have to be very careful and cautious about their treatment. We had got to know through an ultrasound report that the babies are conjoined. Owing to which, we had opted for a Caesarean procedure. Even this procedure was a big challenge in for the doctors.”
Dr Shakira further added, “The newborn babies are breathing very heavily. Apart from this, the function of the lungs, intestine and the oesophagus is also not normal. The twins will remain in the NICU for a period of 15 days.”
Doctors who are looking after the twins said, 40% of the conjoined twins die within 4 to 5 days after their birth. And those who survive have a yearlong battle ahead.
What are conjoined twins?
Twins that are physically joined at birth, sometimes sharing organs, and in some cases separable by surgery (depending on the degree of fusion) are known as conjoined twins.