The Siamese twins, who were separated in a London hospital in 2012, have gone to school for the first time.
In the UK, children go to school at age 4. But when Rosie and Ruby were born, their parents Angela and Daniel Formosa didn’t know if their daughters would live to see that day.
At a period of 16 weeks, the doctors told the expectant mother that the girls had grown together in her womb. And they found it difficult to predict whether the children would survive.
The risk of conjoined twins is 1 in 200,000, and this chance fell to the Formosa family.
The girls were born at 34 weeks’ gestation by Cesarean section performed by doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.
The babies were fused in the abdomen. A few hours after birth, they were taken away for the next intervention – doctors separated the children for 5 hours.
This had to be done quite urgently.
The parents of the babies were so afraid that they would lose their daughters that they did not buy anything for their birth. And only after the message that the operation was a success, Daniel prepared the children’s room.
At the age of three weeks, Rosie and Ruby were discharged home.
Angela Formosa said that now she had the feeling that a million years had passed since that day. And then time ran very quickly.
According to her, her daughters are very similar – they are both active, determined, very stubborn, love to draw and read, and also – their future teacher, whom they have already met.