Low Chances of Survival
Most conjoined twins are born in southwest Asia and Africa. Unfortunately, few survive gestation and delivery. Between 40% and 60% of conjoined twins are stillborn deliveries, and 35% survive the first twenty-four hours. The majority of conjoined twins are connected at the chest or upper abdomen; only 5% are connected at the head. However, the Hensel twins had a long road ahead of them...
Challenges of Separation
Despite the uncertainty, Patty successfully delivered Brittany and Abby Hensel on March 7, 1990. Patty and Mike were thrilled that the twins had survived the birth, but they were then presented with yet another complicated choice: separation. Separating twins with shared organs, such as the liver and kidneys, is almost impossible and extremely dangerous. Was it worth the risk if the procedure helped ease them into society?