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Mom Gives Birth to Conjoined Twins, “Baby With Two Faces,” After Refusing Abortion
LifeNews.com ^ | 5/12/14 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 05/18/2014 5:45:04 AM PDT by FR_addict

A mother in Australia who LifeNews previously profiled as preparing to give birth to conjoined twins — who share one body but have two faces — has finally given birth after refusing to have an abortion.

Renee Young and Simon Howie of Sydney said that a routine ultrasound found problems with their baby’s development and that the twins they were expecting were actually conjoined twins with a rare medical condition. The twins has a condition known as diprosopus, or craniofacial duplication, a condition whereby parts or all of the face are duplicated on the head. It is so rare, according to a report on the couple and their babies, that just 35 cases have been recorded in humans and no one is alive today who has it.

The parents rejected the suggestion of abortion, saying every day they get with their daughter, who may die shortly after birth, is a blessing.

(Excerpt) Read more at lifenews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion
Video here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626008/The-baby-two-faces-Australian-woman-gives-birth-conjoined-twins-share-body-two-brains.html

1 posted on 05/18/2014 5:45:04 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: FR_addict

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2626008/The-baby-two-faces-Australian-woman-gives-birth-conjoined-twins-share-body-two-brains.html


2 posted on 05/18/2014 5:45:31 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: FR_addict

She won’t burn in hell then like those who killed their babies and didn’t repent


3 posted on 05/18/2014 5:46:30 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: yldstrk

From the article, she had the babies out of love, not a fear of going to hell.


4 posted on 05/18/2014 5:49:55 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: FR_addict

good


5 posted on 05/18/2014 5:53:23 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: FR_addict

Got bless her and her family.


6 posted on 05/18/2014 5:59:31 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: yldstrk; FR_addict

For sure, one of the strangest births I’ve ever heard of. Yet these parents are so oriented toward life and love, that they accept these conjoined twins with pure hearts. You realize they must have been under constant and terrible pressure to destroy them. I am in awe of their goodness


7 posted on 05/18/2014 5:59:58 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When the heart is pure, it can't help loving, because it has found the source of love, which is God.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Amazing. Pure love, pure righteousness.


8 posted on 05/18/2014 6:06:49 AM PDT by golux
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I've been fascinated with the Hansel twins, Brittany and Abigail. They are in their 20’s now. Their family always treated them as normal as possible.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22181528

Abby and Brittany Hensel are conjoined twins determined to live the normal, active life of outgoing 20-somethings anywhere. They have been to university, they travel, they have jobs. But how easy is it for two people to inhabit one body?

Like most 23-year-olds Abby and Brittany Hensel love spending time with their friends, going on holiday, driving, playing sport such as volleyball and living life to the full.

The identical, conjoined twins from Minnesota, in the United States, have graduated from Bethel University and are setting out on their career as primary school teachers with an emphasis on maths.

9 posted on 05/18/2014 6:07:37 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: Mrs. Don-o

AMEN! Bless ‘em all


10 posted on 05/18/2014 6:14:02 AM PDT by Fighter@heart (The government cares NOT 1 iota about your health, only about your WEALTH!!!)
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To: FR_addict

She can be the wife of Zaphod Beeblebrox


11 posted on 05/18/2014 6:21:03 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: bert
Zaphod Beeblebrox: I had to look that one up. :o)

Learn something new every day.

12 posted on 05/18/2014 6:26:20 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: FR_addict

God bless this family and the newborns. Only in America would the butchers say this should have been aborted.


13 posted on 05/18/2014 6:29:04 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: FR_addict

“God works in mysterious ways.”


14 posted on 05/18/2014 6:30:14 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: FR_addict
Why is Diprosopus fatal? Conjoined twins can often survive.

I searched the Internet and there doesn't SEEM to be an explanation of why THIS disorder is usually fatal. So many other disorders aren't.

15 posted on 05/18/2014 6:34:34 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

I’m looking for an answer. Here’s the first input I found:

“In addition to facial duplication, anencephaly, neural tube defect and cardiac malformations represent the more common congenital abnormalities associated with diprosopus. The pathogenesis of diprosopus is not well understood.”

[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10048094]

From that it sounds as if the condition necessarily entails other deformities. Why, as the quote explains, is not clear.

Second input (which yes, is Wiki, but on non-political topics Wiki sometimes makes sense):

‘Although classically considered conjoined twinning (which it resembles), this anomaly is not normally due to the fusion or incomplete separation of two embryos. It is the result of abnormal activity by the protein SHH (sonic hedgehog).[7][8][9] (The name of this protein was inspired by the Sonic the Hedgehog videogame character and is part of an idiosyncratic naming tradition in molecular biology research.)[10][11]”

“Diprosopus often occurs in combination with other congenital disorders, particularly anencephaly, neural tube defect and cardiac malformations.[14] When present, the brain may show abnormalities ranging from partial to complete duplication of brain structures, and/or underdevelopment of brain tissues.[15][16]”

“Most human infants with diprosopus are stillborn. Known instances of humans with diprosopus surviving for longer than minutes to hours past birth are very rare; only a few are recorded. In 2002 and 2003, two living male infants with partial diprosopus were described in the medical literature in separate case reports.[20][21] One infant was born with duplication of the nose and the cerebral frontal lobes, two widely spaced eyes, a small, underdeveloped central eye socket, and a large, asymmetric mouth. The other infant was born with duplication of the upper and lower jaw, two tongues ending in the same base, cleft palate, a slightly divided tip of the nose, and two widely spaced eyes, as well as absence of the corpus callosum, duplication of the pituitary gland and stalk, and abnormalities in the midbrain. Because they were born with a milder, partial form of diprosopus, both infants were considered candidates for surgical correction of their abnormal facial features.”

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diprosopus]

So what I’m gathering is that an abnormal development (caused by the SHH protein) is what causes this condition. I.e.: rather than being conjoined twins, Diprosopus is by nature a type of abnormal twinning. It’s too rare to be well quantified, but if you go to the Wiki article you’ll see two cases where survival (in human babies) has extended for years so far. Perhaps that will be the case with Hope & Faith. At any rate, they received the gift of birth/life, as opposed to a horrible death in the womb. We can all thank God for that.


16 posted on 05/18/2014 7:19:21 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: Fantasywriter
At any rate, they received the gift of birth/life, as opposed to a horrible death in the womb. We can all thank God for that.

AMEN.

You probably perused the same articles I did. You came up with the same conclusion only yours is more eloquently expressed. Thanks.

17 posted on 05/18/2014 7:24:37 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

http://frontiersinneuroscience.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/baby-with-facial-duplication/


18 posted on 05/18/2014 7:26:20 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
I've read through the same on-line articles you did.
Depressing, isn't it?
19 posted on 05/18/2014 7:29:29 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cloudmountain

You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you asked the question. Strange as it sounds, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to wonder about it. But when you asked, I started to wonder too. In seeking an answer, I learned a lot. Thank you in return!


20 posted on 05/18/2014 7:30:18 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: Busko
Only in America would the butchers say this should have been aborted.Or in Australia where these people are from.
21 posted on 05/18/2014 7:31:22 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: Busko

“Only in America would the butchers say this should have been aborted.”


I disagree. A lot of places would urge abortion. America, despite the fact that there are many who support abortion in this situation, has comparatively wonderful skill and care in dealing with giving birth to babies with complicated medical conditions. I think there is no better place than America for conjoined twins to be born. If you can shut down the pro-abort voices, your care is going to be state of the art.


22 posted on 05/18/2014 7:33:59 AM PDT by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Fantasywriter
You're welcome.

As I thought about your epistolary eloquence it DAWNED on me that you ARE "Fantasy WRITER."

Duh! :o)

23 posted on 05/18/2014 7:38:25 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: FR_addict

What a great story
How cool hat they are teachers
I know this will give the new parents hope

thanks for posting


24 posted on 05/18/2014 7:43:01 AM PDT by RWGinger
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To: Busko

They’re from Australia


25 posted on 05/18/2014 7:43:52 AM PDT by Lil Flower (American by birth. Southern by the Grace of God! ROLL TIDE!!)
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To: cloudmountain

blush blush.

Thanks again!


26 posted on 05/18/2014 8:01:25 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: FR_addict

Wow, so many things to think about with this. Each of us is a trinity of soul, mind and body. With the mind/brain being the mechanism that connects our soul to our body. Yet here is a body with two minds joined at the same brain stem. One would think because there are two minds/brains that there must be two souls, each connected to the same body. Or is there one soul connected to the body by two minds/brains? Time will tell. I did read there is a 10 year old boy(boys?) with this condition of a second face, though it was not clear whether or not he has or they have two minds/brains. Anyway, it seems he/they is/are subject to hundreds of mini seizures every day of his life. What a sad existence. He even died on two different occasions and was brought back. I can’t imagine anyone living in a condition of constant seizure. I hope and pray whatever happens with Faith & Hope they always know God’s grace, comfort and acceptance.


27 posted on 05/18/2014 9:12:51 AM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: FR_addict

I’ve often wondered what an disagreements and spats between the Hensel twins were like when they were growing up. They couldn’t get away from one another nor could their parents separate them as parents do when kids fight. They seem like very nice well adjusted young women. Yet as a mom, I wonder if one was angry with the other and bit the arm controlled by the other, would both feel it? I can’t imagine. Now with these little ones, it seems even more unimaginable. At least Abby & Brittany can glance at each other, maybe even turn somewhat to look at each other face to face, but these little ones will never see each other that way, except maybe on camera video. It will be interesting to see what happens. Prays go out for them and their family.


28 posted on 05/18/2014 9:23:22 AM PDT by This I Wonder32460
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To: Mrs. Don-o

**I am in awe of their goodness**

Ditto! One can see it in the faces and eyes. They have nothing but love for these babies.


29 posted on 05/18/2014 9:43:03 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: cloudmountain

Yes. I can’t imagine!


30 posted on 05/18/2014 11:59:04 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: FR_addict

Nevertheless, if she killed them, and never repented, she would to go hell.


31 posted on 05/18/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: ozarkgirl

“Only in America”?

There are about 1.2 million abortions a year in America. There are about 50 million abortions around the world each year—aggressively promoted, and subsidized, by the U.S. government and the U.N.


32 posted on 05/18/2014 1:08:09 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: This I Wonder32460

Wow.

I’ve seen Abby and Brittany asked about how they walk and run. They were fairly inarticulate about it. They didn’t seem to be clear at all about who controls which leg.


33 posted on 05/18/2014 1:15:07 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

“Nevertheless, if she killed them, and never repented, she would to go hell.”

Why bring this up here? It doesn’t sound like the mother even thought about abortion, like any other mother she wanted to have her babies.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 8:10:47 AM PDT by FR_addict
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To: Arthur McGowan
I’ve seen Abby and Brittany asked about how they walk and run. They were fairly inarticulate about it. They didn’t seem to be clear at all about who controls which leg.”

I think their body is so intertwined that they can't really express who controls which leg. They are two girls, but the body functions for both. A normal person couldn't explain how we control walking. It just happens.

35 posted on 05/19/2014 8:15:41 AM PDT by FR_addict
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