Latest Twins Stories

2009-01-12 13:38:19

A British woman says she will be the first woman in England to give birth to conjoined twins that share one body despite having two heads. Lisa Chamberlain said despite medical advice and social scrutiny to the contrary, she decided to keep her unborn children and accept their unique physical condition, The Daily Mail said Monday. Some people might look at me and say 'You're going to give birth to a freak' but I don't care because I feel blessed, the 25-year-old said. To me, my twins are a...

2008-11-26 14:20:50

Doctors said on Tuesday that a set of 1-month-old girls believed to be the first known American Indian conjoined twins are doing well and will be separated. David Tuggle, a pediatric surgeon who will be involved in the separation, said Preslee Faith and Kylee Hope Wells were born Oct. 25 and are joined at the liver and rib cage. "They are very cute and they hold each other," Tuggle said. Kyle Wells, 21, and Stevie Stewart, 20, of Calumet are the twins parents, both of whom have a history of...

2008-09-23 00:00:29

PADANG BESAR: Exactly a year ago, Siamese twins Nur Badrishah Nurhisyam and Nur Bahiyah were born conjoined at their abdomen and life seemed bleak for their parents. But after a successful separation surgery on Feb 2, the girls are now on the road to recovery, leading healthy and happy lives like other children. Yesterday, with the help of their parents, the twins blew out the candles for their first birthday cake. Their modest kampung home in Semadong, Beseri, came alive with the Happy...

2008-08-13 18:00:43

By Lois M. Collins Deseret News It will be years before "the Marys" -- Mary Ellen and Mary Elizabeth Govea -- are old enough to play with Barbies. But the plastic doll is a visual element of their survival story. When they were born in late April, they were smaller than she is, 1 pound 7 ounces and 1 pound 5 ounces respectively. Their parents, Bo and Stacy Govea, show pictures of the girls next to the doll, an explanation-in-pictures of their progress. That they've outgrown the iconic...

2008-07-08 12:01:16

Fidelma and Paul Greene, from Swords, Dublin, said yesterday their daughters, Lauren and Sophie, were thriving three months after being born. Their unborn children had been given almost no chance of survival when Rotunda Hospital medics discovered they suffered from a rare medical condition. Doctors diagnosed them with Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) when their mother was 21 weeks pregnant. The condition means one baby gets too much blood and the other too little. In almost all...

2008-06-13 15:01:05

A young Indian girl born with eight limbs is learning to function on her own after having two arms and two legs removed from her body, her mother says Lakshmi Tatma was born in October 2005 with two sets of arms and two sets of legs in a village in northeast India's Bihar region, ABC reported Friday. The girl became famous around the world and was honored in her village as a representative of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi, who also has several limbs. When Dr. Sharan Patil, an orthopedic...

2008-04-09 08:15:00

Study into causes of disc degeneration awarded Kappa Delta Award from American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsWhat do you learn by looking at the spines of hundreds of Finnish twins? If you are the international team of researchers behind the Twin Spine Study, you find compelling proof that back pain problems may be more a matter of genetics than physical strain.The findings of the Twin Spine Study, an ongoing research program started in 1991, have led to a dramatic paradigm shift in the way...

2007-11-08 12:00:00

By GAVIN RABINOWITZ BANGALORE, India - A 2-year-old girl who was born with four arms and four legs showed the first signs of movement Thursday following a marathon operation to remove the extra limbs, doctors said. The girl, Lakshmi, was being kept sedated in the intensive care unit at a hospital in the southern Indian city of Bangalore during what doctors said was a critical 72-hour period following the operation. "Lakshmi has moved her toes and hands for the first time and opened her...

2007-08-25 06:14:19

By Quarello, Edwin Molho, Marc; Ville, Yves Abstract Objective. To determine the incidence of fetal cerebral lesions and their characteristics in twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Design and setting. This was a retrospective analysis at a single center for the period 1999 to 2004 in which 299 cases of severe TTTS at 15-28 weeks of gestation were reviewed. Methods. Only cerebral injuries diagnosed during pregnancy or ischemic lesions diagnosed within the first week of life were...

2007-04-17 06:00:34

By Jamie Reid, The Beaumont Enterprise, Texas Apr. 17--BEAUMONT -- Talkative and tight-jeaned twins Tiesha and Iesha Turner seem like any other high school sophomores as they chat about boys, church and music. Yet as the conversation turns toward surgeries and scars, these girls, who were born conjoined at the chest and abdomen, admit reaching their 16th birthday on Thursday marks a medical miracle. "But, we really don't talk about it," Tiesha said while sitting in front of baby...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'