Con­joined twins refuse to be sep­a­rated

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - The twins use their hands to walk on the vil­lage road Culled from huff­in­g­ton­post. com.

We don’t wish to get sep­a­rated. We will stay like this even when we grow old. We want to live as we are.

Shivanath Sahu and his twin brother Shivram are at­tached to each other -- and that’s how they want to stay. The two 12-year-olds were born joined at the waist. They share two legs and four arms and are be­lieved to share the same stomach. They have in­de­pen­dent lungs, hearts and brains.

Some doc­tors be­lieve they could be suc­cess­fully sep­a­rated, but the two are de­ter­mined to stick to­gether.

“We don’t wish to get sep­a­rated,” Shivram told Barcroft TV. “We will stay like this even when we grow old. We want to live as we are.”

Con­joined twins oc­cur in about one in 200,000 births, with around half be­ing still­born.

De­spite se­ri­ous dis­abil­i­ties, Shivanath and Shivram have man­aged to beat the odds. They live as nor­mal a life as pos­si­ble, us­ing team­work to shower, dress and comb each other’s hair.

They also man­age to get around their tiny cen­tral In­dia vil­lage quite nicely.

“We have taught our­selves ev­ery­thing. We ride to school on a bi­cy­cle and play­ing cricket is no prob­lem,” Shivanath said, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail.

Their fa­ther, Raj Ku­mar, 45, says they are also ex­cel­lent stu­dents. He be­lieves that de­spite their pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes, life pre­sents his chil­dren many chal­lenges.

“Dur­ing rainy sea­son it be­comes dif­fi­cult for them to walk and when one wants to sit, the other has to lie down. But they don’t fight. They have sim­i­lar opin­ions and if one says he wants to play, the other one agrees,” Ku­mar said, ac­cord­ing to the Mir­ror. “God has cre­ated them like this so they have to walk like they do. They will re­main like this. I don’t want any­thing else.”

Dr. Kr­is­han Chugh, a pe­di­a­tri­cian at Fortis Me­mo­rial Re­search In­sti­tute in Gur­gaon, In­dia, looked at pho­tos of the twins. He said that while sep­a­ra­tion is pos­si­ble, the legs would prob­a­bly go to Shivram, while Shivanath would be left a para­plegic, GADai­ re­ports.

Chugh un­der­stands why the twins and their fa­ther might not want that sce­nario, but things may change when Shivanath and Shivram get older.

“They are 12 years old now and they must see oth­ers run­ning around as in­di­vid­u­als and be­ing sep­a­rate men­tally and phys­i­cally,” Chugh said, ac­cord­ing to GADai­lyNews. “How much they are mo­ti­vated to be like the oth­ers is what we would have to try and as­sist.”

Fa­ther of the twins Raj Ku­mar Sahu with his sons at their fam­ily home in Balod­abazar La­van, about 100 miles from Raipur.

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