Rare ‘spider’ conjoined twins born with two legs and four hands stun medics

A woman has given birth to twin daughters fused together from their torso.

While Shaheen Begum's babies share the same stomach and most vital organs, they have two legs and four hands. They were born via caesarean section on Monday.

The 25-year-old mum, from Shahjahanpur, in Uttar Pradesh, India, was unaware of carrying conjoined twins until she gave birth and the doctors at the hospital were equally shocked when the babies came out fused together.

Dr Gaurav Mishra said: "The ultrasound showed the babies were conjoined but when they came out, they were Siamese twins. They are joined together and have two heads, four hands, two legs but share the stomach.

"We have revived the babies but we have referred them to an advanced hospital to analyse their condition and their future. They are extremely rare."

Ms Begum's husband Mohammed Yaseen, a 27-year-old rickshaw puller, could not afford to take his wife for regular medical checkups and ultrasounds, due to a drop in income thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple also have a five-year-old daughter. Yaseen is said to be shocked with the birth of the rare twins and is hoping for a possible surgery to separate them.

The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is somewhere between 5% and 25%.

Conjoined twins develop from a single fertilised egg and are therefore always identical and of the same sex.

Historically female siblings have a better chance of survival than their male counterparts.

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