Conjoined twin brothers, Andrew and Garrett, have died in their western Pennsylvania home, just a little more than two months after being born.
Despite the odds being against them since taking their first breath on April 10, they gave people hope. Some were even saying they were miracle babies.
The twins, called thoracopagus twins, were only given a 25 percent chance of living more than a day, but, miraculously, they made it to their 76th day before passing away early Tuesday morning.
Their parents, Michelle Van Horne and Kody Stancombe, decided against the risky surgery to separate them since the boys, joined at the torso, shared both a liver and heart.
The Indiana County coroner’s office told the Associated Press that the boys had been receiving hospice care at their home before dying on June 24.
“Our precious little boys have gone up to heaven,” Michelle posted on her Facebook page. “We thank everyone who followed every step with the boys and have shown their support. We highly appreciate all the prayer and donations. Also, thank you to the few friends and family members that have been with us throughout this beautiful journey with our boys.”
Births of conjoined twins are rare. Conjoined twins only occur about once every 200,000 live births, and sadly, their survival is never assured. Approximately, 40 to 60 percent of conjoined twins are delivered stillborn, and about 35 percent survive for only a 24-hour period.
Conjoined twins occur when their division from a single fertilized egg to two separate embryos is halted during the first few weeks of development.