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Siamese Twin Facts

Siamese Twin Facts - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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Everything you want to know about siamese twins: the science behind conjoined twins, how they separate conjoined twins like the Bijani sisters from Iran and a celeb who was born as a siamese twin.

Whether you see them on the street or on CNN, Siamese twins are hard to ignore. Conjoined, or Siamese, twins are attached to their identical twin at the head, chest or back. It's hard to believe that this amazing phenomenon is the result of some pretty simple science.

How Siamese Twins Develop

Siamese twins develop the same way that identical twins do - with one major difference. While identical twins (twins who look exactly the same) are formed inside a woman's uterus (womb) when a fertilized egg splits in two, Siamese twins form when the egg starts to split but stops part way through. Each side of the partially divided egg turns into a fetus (unborn baby). Siamese twins occur in animals - such as cats and snakes - not just people.

How Common Are Siamese Twins?

Siamese Twins are extremely rare. They occur about once per 100,000 pregnancies. Often times, only one half of the attached eggs will develop into a baby, while the other side doesn't, so babies are sometimes born with the undeveloped twin attached to them.

Separating Siamese Twins

No matter how they look on the outside, Siamese twins are two different people with different ideas and interests. Normally doctors will try to separate the twins if they can. The success rate of these surgeries vary depending on where the twins are attached and what organs they share, but it's usually pretty risky. In 2003, 29 year-old Siamese twins from Iran had surgery to be separated but both died. However, about 75 percent of separations are successful.

Siamese Twins - Did U Know?

  • Siamese twins get their name from the famous conjoined twins Chang and Eng who traveled with the Barnum and Bailey circus in the 1800s. They were from Siam, now known as Thailand.
  • The first successful separation of Siamese twins occurred in 1956.
  • Actor Andy Garcia (The Godfather III) was born with his undeveloped twin brother attached to him.
  • Most Siamese twins are female.
  • Most Siamese twins are attached at the chest.

1 I think that it was sad that the twins died. I feel really bad. The thing that really surprised me was that they took the risk and both of them died.

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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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