For expectant parents, there is probably nothing more shocking, awe-inspiring and – hopefully – joyful than finding out the one bun in mom’s oven is actually two. After all, the chances of a pregnant woman having twins is about three out of every 100 births in the U.S.
But that excitement undoubtedly turns to a chilling fear for the very small number of parents-to-be who discover that their twins are conjoined. It is a relatively rare phenomena – it only occurs in one in 200,000 live births worldwide. Sadly, the prognosis for conjoined twins’ survival isn’t high with only five to 25 percent making it past the trauma of delivery.