Conjoined twins need urgent medical help, says doc

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  • Saturday, 19 Jul 2003

MULTAN (Pakistan): Ten-day-old conjoined twin girls, born to dirt-poor parents in southeastern Pakistan, won't survive unless they get emergency medical treatment, their doctor said yesterday. 

The girls share a heart and liver, and their weight has fallen from 4kg to 3.5kg, said Dr Munaza Batool. The twins are being fed a formula they haven't been able to digest. 

It wasn't known whether the twins, who were also running a high fever, could be separated, but Dr Batool said the continued weight loss could be fatal. 

“They need to go to a city or abroad,'' she said in a telephone interview. 

But the parents have taken their daughters home to their village of Chorhutta, 135km west of Multan in eastern Punjab province. 

In Chorhutta, a village of mud houses inhabited by less than 60 families, the birth of the girls has caused a furore. Residents claim the conjoined twins are the reincarnation of the 29-year-old Iranian twins, Laleh and Ladan Bijani, who died in Singapore last week during an operation to separate them, Dr Batool said. 

The family has appealed to local charities and the government for financial help. But so far they haven't received any, Dr Batool said. 

Conjoined twins occur once in every 150,000 to 200,000 live births. 

About 40% to 60% of conjoined twins are stillborn and 35% survive 24 hours or less. Those who survive longer are often plagued by medical complications due to shared organs and vital systems. – AP  

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