• Short Summary

    More than seven months after they were born in Taipei, northern Taiwan, on 3 July 1972, baby girl Siamese twins continue to grow and develop as normally as possible.

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    More than seven months after they were born in Taipei, northern Taiwan, on 3 July 1972, baby girl Siamese twins continue to grow and develop as normally as possible.

    Shortly after birth, the babies were kept in an isolated and airconditioned room in Taiwan University Hospital while specialist doctors drew up a schedule of studies in order to determine physical characteristics and monitor the babies' growth pattern. The babies were found to have only one heart and liver between them, ruling out any hope of separation by surgery. Detailed examination, total body scanning, intravenous cholangiography liver scanning, electrocardiogram and cardiac studies, showed that the babies were normal in almost every way, except for the common heart and liver.

    Abandoned at birth, the babies are cared for by doctors and nurses of the Taiwan University Hospital. The babies can now recognise some of the hospital staff and laugh with them as they would with a mother and father. Each baby recently grew it's first tooth.

    The doctors say that with proper care and attention the Siamese twins will continue to develop and grow toward an unknown future.

    SYNOPSIS: More than seven months after they were born in Taipei, in Northern Taiwan, these baby girl Siamese twins continue to grow and develop, as healthy as normal children. The babies were abandoned by their parents at birth and are cared for by doctors and nurses of Taipei's University Hospital. The babies are kept under observation in an isolated and airconditioned room and are now old enough to recognise the hospital staff who care for them. Although they have no choice in the matter, the twins seem to enjoy each other's company. After the daily bathing ritual, the girls are treated with the usual baby power.

    Shortly after birth, specialists drew up a schedule of studies to determine the physical characteristics of the babies, and to see if they could be separated by surgery. However, tests showed that a separation was impossible. The twins, although normal in almost every way, shared a single heart and liver...the heart having several abnormalities.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5TK2VZBZNPRIYK7XJ1Y3UBQ0D
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TK2VZBZNPRIYK7XJ1Y3UBQ0D
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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