EMBARGOED TO 0001 THURSDAY OCTOBER 18Undated family handout photo of twin girls (left to right) Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who who were born joined at the abdomen and shared part of the intestine, needed an emergency operation to separate them. The identical twins, who are only 12 weeks old, underwent an operation at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) on July 27 - the day after they were born. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 17, 2012. Despite being told that survival chances were low, the sisters are now doing well and are smiling 'bubbly babies', their mother Angela said. Mrs Formosa, from Bexleyheath, Kent, said she had a 'textbook' pregnancy with her first daughter Lily, now aged five, so finding out the twins were joined was a 'shock'. 'At an early pregnancy scan they said the twins looked very close together so I went to King's College for another scan,' the 32-year-old said. 'Between 16 and 20 weeks we found out that they were joined - I didn't know what to think, I was shocked and I felt sad. See PA story HEALTH Conjoined. Photo credit should read: Medical Illustration/PA WireNOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The chances of conjoined twins being born are one out of roughly 100,000 births. So it’s completely understandable that people would be fascinated by this bizarre phenomenon.
Everyone holds out hope that the children can be separated or live a somewhat normal life if they stay conjoined. But often it’s not the case.
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Here are little Ruby and Rosie when they were first born in 2012.
At the time of their birth, they shared part of their abdomen as well as intestines.
Doctors thought their chances of survival were very small, but knew they had to try to separate them regardless.
Their mother, Angela Formosa, said, “Having my babies taken away from me almost immediately after they’re born and not knowing if either would survive was heartbreaking.”That day, fifteen doctors worked tirelessly to separate the twins.