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Nwoya Teenage Girl Gives Birth To Conjoined Twins

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A 17-year old girl on Monday gave birth to conjoined twins at Anaka hospital in Nwoya district.

Akello Winnie, a resident of Anaka town council in Nwoya district gave birth at around 9:10am. Unfortunately both passed on.

The twin girls weighing 2.4 kilograms were conjoined from the chest.

According to the medical superintendent Dr. Jolly Joe Lapat, Akello went through a normal delivery.

Conjoined twins, also known as Siamese twins, is an extremely rare phenomenon, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births.

Approximately half are stillborn, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours. There are two theories about the development of conjoined twins.

The first is that a single fertilized egg does not fully split during the process of forming identical twins.

The second theory is that a fusion of two fertilized eggs occurs earlier in development.

The first record of separating conjoined twins took place in the Byzantine Empire in the 900s.

One of the conjoined twins had already died, so the doctors of the town attempted to separate the dead twin from the surviving twin.  The result was partly successful as the remaining twin lived for three days after separation.

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