Sunday 18 February 2018

How twins beat all odds to live

Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor

THE discovery that Angela Formosa was carrying conjoined twins was quickly followed by the warning that they faced a battle to survive.

Some 60pc of cases result in miscarriages, and doctors told Mrs Formosa and her husband, Daniel, to prepare for the worst.

But beating the odds appears to be in the nature of Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who were born joined at the abdomen at London's University College Hospital on July 26.

Even after their safe arrival, the identical twins faced a five-hour operation to separate them.

Just a day after the delivery by caesarean section, Mr and Mrs Formosa had to wave goodbye to the girls as they were wheeled into an operating theatre.

The surgery, at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, involved a team of 20 doctors and nurses.

The twins shared part of an intestine and an internal blockage meant they had to be separated as soon as possible.

Thankfully, the operation was a great success.

Now 12 weeks old, the girls have gone home to Bexleyheath, Kent, and doctors say they can look forward to a normal, happy life. "What they have done for my two girls is amazing," said Mrs Formosa, who added that she was "incredibly grateful" to hospital staff. ©Daily Telegraph London

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