The birth of a baby or babies brings immense joy to families with the welcome of a little additional family member. The mother is most relieved after 9 months of whirlwind of pregnancy. It’s definitely not easy and one of the greatest miracles of God especially when the baby is hale and hearty.
However, when a baby or babies are born and there are challenges it brings another form of anxiety to the new parents. Recently a couple who welcomed twin boys discovered that they were conjoined.
The man was so distraught when his wife gave birth to conjoined twin baby boys that he became temporarily insane.
A Mr Obinna Ugwuoke, from Ebonyi state, and his wife Mrs Amarachi Ugwoke welcomed their sons at First Covenant Hospital in Satellite Town, Lagos on the 8th of May 2 017. The couple, who have two other children, were shocked when they saw that their sons were joined at the stomach and it took a toll on the husband.
The boys have four separate legs, two separate heads, and four hands but are fused from the chest down to the stomach. They have been named James and John.
The parents are awaiting a surgery to separate their sons and their parish has begun raising money to help pay for the medical expenses.
Conjoined twins are not too common and with the couples case with the twins having separate organs and body parts, the operation/separation should not be a major issue.
For conjoined twins with shared organs and parts, it’s more complicated and will need professional expertise abroad.
Births of conjoined twins, whose skin and internal organs are fused together, are rare. Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births, and their survival is anything but assured.
Approximately 40 to 60 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and about 35 percent survive only one day. The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is somewhere between 5 percent and 25 percent.
For some reason, female siblings seem to have a better shot at survival than their male counterparts. Although more male twins conjoin in the womb than female twins, females are three times as likely as males to be born alive. Approximately 70 percent of all conjoined twins are girls.
In life, sometimes things don’t go the way we want or desire, expect the unexpected in some cases. Whatever the situation, it’s important to stay calm, focused and act accordingly.
The action afterwards determines the outcome and changes the mixed the mixed feelings or reactions to a positive and joyful one.