Separated conjoined twins ‘really excited’ to be starting school

Rosie and Ruby said that they are very excited for their day at school.

The twins were joined at the abdomen when they were born.


Rosie and Ruby Formosa had a 25% chance to survive when they were born sharing an intestine and needing an emergency operation. However, thanks to the surgeons at London’s Great Ormond Street hospital, both of them survived. Their mother says she never let herself think this day would come.

The Surgery

Surgery separating conjoined twins range from very easy to very hard. This depends on the point of attachment, and the internal parts that are shared. Most cases of separation are extremely risky and life-threatening. In many cases, the surgery results in the death of one or both of the twins, particularly if they are joined at the head or share a vital organ. This means that the ethics of surgical separation, where they can survive if not separated is contentious.

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