Monday, 4 January 2016
PHOTOS: Twins Joined At Genitals Recently Born In Bauchi
to Atbu Teaching Hospital, where they are receiving treatment.
The twins, whose sex is still unknown, are joined at the abdominal region and share genitals. They also have four hands and legs, two heads and chests.
According to their mother, Mrs Adama San, who comes from Fulani nomads, their family is very poor that is why she appeals to philanthropists and other kind hearted people wishing to help them.
Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. An extremely rare phenomenon, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births, with a somewhat higher incidence in Southeast Asia, Africa and Brazil.
Approximately half are stillborn, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours. Most live births are female, with a ratio of 3:1. Most stillborns are male.
Surgery to separate conjoined twins may range from very easy to very hard, depending on the point of attachment and the internal parts that are shared.