Conjoined twins with two faces and separate brains born in Australia

A screenshot of the conjoined twins born last Thursday (Current Affair)
A screenshot of the conjoined twins born last Thursday (Current Affair)

A couple in Australia have welcomed the birth of conjoined twins, who have separate brains and identical faces, but share a body.

Sydney couple Renee Young and Simon Howie found out their new arrival would be born with a rare condition called diprosopus at the beginning of the month.  

Despite advice from doctors they decided to go ahead with the pregnancy, and on Thursday their conjoined twins were born. 

Named Hope and Faith by their parents, the girls share an enlarged skull with identical faces and separate brains, with one set of limbs and organs. 

The pair were born six weeks premature by caesarean-section but have impressed doctors with their "fighting spirit" at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Speaking on Australian TV programme 'A Current Affair', Renee Young said: "If I only get two days with the baby I only get two days. I’ll at least have some time with her."

“Even though there is only one body, we call them our twins,” Howie told Woman's Day magazine. "They are breathing perfectly on their own and feeding."

“They are little Aussie fighters.”

The newborns remain in intensive care in stabled condition and doctors have told the couple they are unsure as to what will happen in the near future: “We are still in unknown territory,” Young said.

“I’m proud as punch,” Howie said. “Just to see them come this far when all the odds were against us to be honest.”