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Parents' hope for 'little fighters'.

THE parents of conjoined twins have paid tribute to their "little fighters".

The boys were born at University College Hospital (UCH), London, last month, and were said to be doing well.

Their parents, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "We are very proud of our two little boys and we feel blessed by their arrival six weeks ago.

"We needed time together first as a family and to see how the boys were doing. Presently, they are feeding well and gaining weight."

The babies, currently in the care of Cork University Maternity Hospital (CUMH) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH), are likely to undergo surgery later this year.

"We are planning for the boys to come home soon and we are asking the media and the public to let us enjoy this special time with our two little fighters before their separation later this year.

"We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all the wonderful people who cared for us and the boys at University College London Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Cork University Maternity Hospital.

"We would also like to thank our family and friends who have helped us through such a difficult time and let them know just how much we appreciate their ongoing support."

A spokeswoman for Great Ormond Street was unable to give statistics on the number of conjoined twins born but said their births were "extremely rare".

A spokesman for CUMH said: "Both boys are medically very well, taking their feeds and gaining weight. The neonatal team in Cork is working closely with the family and Great Ormond Street Hospital with the boys' treatment and clinical care."

Mr Edward Kiely, consultant paediatric surgeon at Great Ormond Street, said: "If all goes according to plan the children will return to Great Ormond Street Hospital later in the year.

"The surgical team here is the most experienced in Europe at assessing and if necessary separating conjoined twins."

The parents asked the hospitals not to disclose how the twins were conjoined.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2010
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