Shivanath and Shivram Sahu are Conjoined Twins
~ We Want to Stay This Way ~
Shivanath and Shivram Sahu, now 12 years old, were born attached to each other at the hip. And that’s exactly how they want to stay. The brothers share two legs and four arms and are believed to share the same stomach. They have independent lungs, hearts and brains. Even though some doctors believe they could be successfully separated, the two are determined to not to change anything.
“We don’t wish to get separated. We will stay like this even when we grow old. We want to live as we are.”
Shivanath and Shivram Sahu manage remarkably well, despite their serious disabilities. They live as normal a life as possible and work in tandem to perform their daily tasks and to get around. They shower, dress and comb each other’s hair. They also manage to get around by using their limbs and run like a spider.
“We have taught ourselves everything. We ride to school on a bicycle and playing cricket is no problem.”
Their father, Raj Kumar, 45, says they are also excellent students. He believes that despite their positive attitudes, life presents his children many challenges. Mr. Kumar says:
“During rainy season it becomes difficult for them to walk and when one wants to sit, the other has to lie down. But they don’t fight. They have similar opinions and if one says he wants to play, the other one agrees. God has created them like this so they have to walk like they do. They will remain like this. I don’t want anything else.”
The twins were born in a village near Raipur, central India. When they were born, a local doctor said they could not be separated but now a leading pediatrician at Fortis Memorial Research Institute in Gurgaon, India, Dr. Drishan Chugh, who has reviewed photographs of the boys, has said an operation is potentially viable. However, the twins and their father are against the idea and say they will remain together all their lives.
Dr. Krishan Chugh has said that while separation is possible, the legs would probably go to Shivram, while Shivanath would be left a paraplegic. He understands why the twins and their father might not want that scenario, but things may change when Shivanath and Shivram get older.
“They are 12 years old now and they must see others running around as individuals and being separate mentally and physically,” Chugh said, according to GADailyNews. “How much they are motivated to be like the others is what we would have to try and assist.”
A Few Facts About Conjoined Twins
Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. A rare phenomenon, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 50,000 births to 1 in 200,000 births, with a somewhat higher incidence in Southwest Asia and Africa. Approximately half are stillborn, and a smaller fraction of pairs born alive have abnormalities incompatible with life. The overall survival rate for conjoined twins is approximately 25%. The condition is more frequently found among females, with a ratio of 3:1.
Two contradicting theories exist to explain the origins of conjoined twins. The older theory is fission, in which the fertilized egg splits partially. The second and more generally accepted theory is fusion, in which a fertilized egg completely separates, but stem cells (which search for similar cells) find like-stem cells on the other twin and fuse the twins together. Conjoined twins share a single common chorion, placenta, and amniotic sac, although these characteristics are not exclusive to conjoined twins as there are some monozygotic but non-conjoined twins that also share these structures in utero.
Source: Wikipedia: Conjoined Twins
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