Conjoined twins die

The Western Cape Health Department said the death of conjoined twins was not unexpected.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Health Department on Tuesday said the death of conjoined twins was not unexpected.

The department said the newborn girls had a slim chance if survival.

They were rushed from the Eastern Cape to the Red Cross Children's Hospital shortly after their birth last week.

With a combined weight of just four kilos, they shared an umbilical cord, chest and upper abdomen.

Western Cape Health Department spokesperson Faiza Steyn said, "The medical team informed us that the twins shared vital organs such as the heart and the liver."