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<div class="quote-block">Doctors weigh surgery for two-headed baby<br><br><br><br>
Newborn girl in Indonesia has 2 spines and one set of internal organs<br><br><br><br>
Doctors in Indonesia are unsure whether they can operate on a baby born with two heads, although the newborn girl is in stable condition, according to published reports.<br><br><br><br>
A team of experts has been assembled at the Pelni Petamburan Hospital in Jakarta to determine how to treat the infant who was born in a healthy condition by Caesarean on Aug. 8, the Agence France-Presse news service reported.</div>
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The rest of the story, along with pictures: <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14359862" target="_blank">http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14359862</a>
 

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There has been at least one other situation of this kind in which the parents and surgeons decided to sacrifice one twin so the other might live a more "normal" life. It's so sad.
 

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But..are these "heads" really twins? I'm unsure from the article about the nature of each of the spines/heads/brains.
 

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I would also presume from the article that the life expectancy of twins who remained conjoined is short. If they will both assuredly die without intervention, it makes sense to try to save one.<br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't want to be the one to pick which to save, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Poor baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I've seen a similar news story. Apparantly it is really hard on the heart to supply enough blood to a two-headed baby. But that news story I read was about a "parastic" twin that was attached at the heads. Both brains were fully functioning, but only one twin had a healthy body. They had to chop off the head with the demented body because it was killing the other one.<br><br><br><br>
I wonder what will happen to this one? It's fascinating.
 

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There are unseparated teenage dicephalic twins living in the U.S. They seem to lead full lives, as far as I can tell.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_and_Brittany_Hensel" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail...rittany_Hensel</a>
 

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This is so heartbreaking. Think of the parents. They could loose their "babies" in the surgery, or they could loose there "babies" if they did nothing. So sad.
 

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This is so heartbreaking. Think of the parents. They could loose their "babies" in the surgery, or they could loose there "babies" if they did nothing. So sad.
 

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It's just impossible for me to imagine how a mother could choose to kill one of her babies, it's just not something I can imagine how hard, how impossible such a decision could be. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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Is this type of decision harder or "easier" than having an abortion?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>karenM</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
There are unseparated teenage dicephalic twins living in the U.S. They seem to lead full lives, as far as I can tell.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail_and_Brittany_Hensel" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abigail...rittany_Hensel</a></div>
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Karen, the difference is that Brittnay and Abigail have 4 lungs and 2 hearts. These babies only have 2 lungs and one heart to share between them putting a severe strain on the heart musle and making it hard for them to breathe even for a short period of time.<br><br><br><br>
I hope that makes some sense....
 

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There is a tragic birth defect in which the baby is literally born with no brain above the spinal cord -- obviously completely incompatible with life. From the way the article is written it sounds as if this second head has no brain. I say this because they have not given two different names to two different babies. They've only named the one little girl.
 

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I didn't get why they only named one either. Two heads, two brains, two mental individuals, who could speak for themselves one day. What about getting married and having kids though? They can't. Only one set of organs for that. Or even dating for that matter. What about college, and careers?
 

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When asked, conjoined twins often say they would rather not be separated. So apparently to some of them at least, being together is more important than being "normal."<br><br><br><br>
The original Siamese twins (Chang and Eng - I can't remember their last name) both got married and had several children. They shared some organs apparently, or at least some part of their circulatory system. When one died, the other died very soon after.<br><br><br><br>
We can none of us, even twins, really understand what it would be like to be a conjoined twin, that kind of closeness.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Ludi</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
When asked, conjoined twins often say they would rather not be separated. So apparently to some of them at least, being together is more important than being "normal."<br><br><br><br>
The original Siamese twins (Chang and Eng - I can't remember their last name) both got married and had several children. They shared some organs apparently, or at least some part of their circulatory system. When one died, the other died very soon after.<br><br><br><br>
We can none of us, even twins, really understand what it would be like to be a conjoined twin, that kind of closeness.</div>
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I know, but how did they do that? How could someone have sex with someone with a third person so close by? I mean, literally right there. Who wants to do that with their sibling or their partner's sibling in the room? And it is different for these twins, who share one lower body. So they each can't have their own kids.
 

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I read about the twin girls who have the two arms and two legs. I guess it seems really odd to have to go the bathroom at the same time (think about sex) but since they have always been like that I guess they make it work somehow. I hope they stay friends and dont get tired of eachother..
 
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