Indian conjoined twins say they never want to be separated (w/ video)

Published: April 11, 2014

Indian conjoined twins Shivanath and Shivram Sahu. YouTube screen grab.

VANCOUVER DESI

A pair of 12-year-old conjoined twins in India have chosen not to be separated, according to Britain’s Daily Mail.

Although a doctor has told Shivanath and Shivram Sahu, who are joined at the waist, that an operation could separate them the pair have declined, saying they’d never choose to be apart.

“We don’t wish to get separated. We will stay like this even when we grow old,” Shivram told The Daily Mail. “We want to live as we are.”

The boys were born in a small village near Raipur in Central India, where they’re often worshipped as divine incarnations. The pair share two legs and four arms and are also believed to share the same stomach, but have separate lungs, hearts and brains, the Daily Mail reported.

In their 12 years of life, the twins have learned to perform daily functions like showering, dressing and feeding themselves. They’re also able to climb up and down the stairs of their home, play with local neighbourhood children and do well in school, according to the Daily Mail.

“We have taught ourselves everything,” said Shivanath. “We ride to school on a bicycle and playing cricket is no problem.”

But according to the boys’ father, Raj Kumar – who also has five daughters – they still have some issues.

“For everyone it is good fun to watch my children, but only I understand all the problems they have,” he told the Daily Mail. “During rainy season it becomes difficult for them to walk and when one wants to sit the other has to lie down.”

“But they don’t fight. They have similar opinions and if one says he wants to play the other one agrees.”

However, the father also said he would never agree to separate his boys.

“God has created them like this so they have to walk like they do. They will remain like this. I don’t want anything else,” he said.

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According to the Daily Mail, conjoined twins occur in about one in every 50,000 births, with only one per cent making it to their first birthday.

While Gurgaon-based Dr. Krishan Chugh believes it possible to separate the boys, it would have drastic consequences for Shivanath – believed to be the weaker of the two, the Daily Mail reported. While Shivram would keep both legs, Shivanath would be without legs and need full time care.

Regardless of cost and recovery time, the family is adamant they are just fine the way they are.

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