Tragic conjoined female twins who had two hearts but shared one body have died in Uzbekistan.
The newborns died three hours apart despite the efforts of doctors to save them at Samarkand region children’s hospital.
Initially reported as a “two-headed baby”, the twins lived only nine days and died from “respiratory distress and heart failure”.
They shared two lungs and a single stomach.
The twins’ tragic condition was identified in a scan at 21 weeks – but the mother was prevented from undergoing an abortion because of strong pressure within her deeply religious family.
The woman, who already has three healthy children, was ordered by her father-in-law to go ahead with the birth, they said.
A report said: “It is hard to imagine what she was thinking all these months.”
After seeing the tragic twins, the man – who identified himself as the head of a devout Muslim family – decided the child should be given away into state care.
“I made a mistake,” he said.
The twins’ father was quoted as saying: “I treated her (his wife) well, I did not beat her.
“I did not offend her so why were such children born?”
It comes after the world’s oldest conjoined wins – Ronnie and Donnie Gaylon – died aged 68 on July 4.
Record-breakers Ronnie and Donnie passed away in a hospice in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
Born on October 28, 1951, Ronnie and Donnie – who are joined at the sternum and the abdomen, with one set of lower digestive organs – spent the first two years of their lives in hospital.