Fate of conjoined twins undecided

The fate of conjoined twins has still not been decided by Cape Town doctors.


CAPE TOWN - Anxious parents of conjoined twins could learn on Friday whether doctors will attempt to separate them.

The girls spent their first night at the Red Cross Children's Hospital.

The twins were born at the Dr Malizo Mphele hospital in the Eastern Cape earlier this week.

The babies share an umbilical cord, chest and upper abdomen.

The twins who were born on Wednesday, have not yet been named.

They have a combined weight of just four kilograms.

Western Cape Health spokesperson Faiza Steyn said the girls were in a stable condition.

South African doctors have separated 48 pairs of conjoined twins since the first medical procedure was performed in the country in 1964.