Tragic conjoined twins initially described as ‘a two-headed baby’ have died after nine agonising days of life.
The two baby girls died three hours apart despite the efforts of doctors to save them at Samarkand region children’s hospital in Uzbekistan.
The tragic tots had two hearts inside one body, and they shared two lungs, a single stomach and one set of genitals.
Their cause of death was listed as “respiratory distress and heart failure”.
The twins’ tragic condition was identified in a scan at 21 weeks – but the mother was prevented from undergoing an abortion because of strong pressure within her deeply religious family.
The woman, who already has three healthy children, was ordered by her father-in-law to go ahead with the birth, they said.
A report said: “It is hard to imagine what she was thinking all these months.”
After seeing the tragic twins, the man – who identified himself as the head of a devout Muslim family – decided the child should be given away into state care.
“I made a mistake,” he said.
The twins’ father was quoted as saying: “I treated her (his wife) well, I did not beat her.
“I did not offend her so why were such children born?”
At the time of the twins’ birth Dr Dilshod Rakhmonov told local media that “using medical language, these are Siamese twins” – but he then went on to the girls as one single child.
“At the moment, the baby is in the intensive care unit of our centre,” he said.
”The baby’s internal organs are in double quantity, there is one genital organ, and, moreover, the newborn has two heads.
He described the case as extremely rare, saying it “was one in 200,000 or 220,000 cases.”
He said that there was no reason why the twins wouldn’t survive into middle age, although “our case is a little more complicated, that is, the bodies have grown together into one.
“For this reason, we plan to conduct complex checks.”
He said that the general condition of the child was not bad, and that “measures were being taken” to save the twins’ lives.
Dr Rakhmonov said blood circulation was “normal” and promised to “take all measures to ensure that the baby survives”.