A special set of twins, a very rare one – conjoined twin boys who share a single heart were born on early Thursday at Atlanta Hospital and were described as a medical miracle.
The Hamby Twins named Asi and Eli, earned media attention earlier after their rare condition was learned via ultrasound last May. The parents, Michael and Robin Hamby put up a fundraiser at YouCaring.com with a goal of $10,000 to help their twin. People already pledged $2,341 as of this writing.
Relatives, friends, and even non-family members who took interest in the story celebrated the successful arrival of the twins via C-section at Northside Hospital.
“Babies are out and so far they are doing amazing. Both babies crying their little eyes out!!!” Emily Berdeaux, a relative, posted on the family’s Facebook page early on Thursday.
The twins who share one heart and circulatory system, torso, arms and legs will not be separated according to the parents.
“I need a lot of prayer for my boys,” said Michael told the public.
Conjoined twins are rare and only occur one at about every 200,000 live births. Most of them do not survive. About 40 to 60 percent are stillborn, and about 35 percent live for less than 24 hours.
The newborn babies were given medication for their heart. Doctors also intubated them to assist in their breathing.