Conjoined twins amaze Australian doctors
Faith and Hope Howie, who share one body, one head and two faces, were born by emergency caesarean at 32 weeks last Thursday at Blacktown Hospital in NSW.
They were transferred to the Children's Hospital at Westmead shortly after they were born.
Parents Renee Young and Simon Howie, who have seven children, were advised of the diagnosis antenatally. The condition, also known as craniofacial duplication, was diagnosed in the 19th week routine morphology scan.
While the twins share the same body and vital organs, they have two symmetrical faces and two brains connected by one brain stem.
Only 35 similar cases have been recorded worldwide and none of the babies survived.
In an interview with the Nine Network’s A Current Affair, the couple said the labour was harrowing and the twins appeared to be struggling to breathe despite having a clear single heartbeat.
"They managed to find a