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Originally posted by xBlueButterflyx
reply to post by Biliverdin
It's not exactly a conjoined twin, it's a parasitic twin, there is a difference. A conjoined twin is still able to live and thrive and they can usually be separated. A parasitic twin never separates from the embryo while the dominant twin continues to grow, the parasitic twin doesn't and doesn't really develop properly and can get absorbed by the other twin. It only lives off the blood supply of the 'host' but is not self aware. There was a story where a boy had a parasitic twin removed from his stomach, you could see hair and really distorted features but there was no brain inside the 'head' of it.
Originally posted by Seeker Mom
Fighting to save the life of a human being born with such an extreme deformity is a form of cruel and unusual punishment, as far as I'm concerned. There was a day when such an unfortunate baby would be allowed to die a natural death. I do believe this is one of those cases. Remember, just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should.