The health of the conjoined twin babies born in Para state, northern Brazil, named Emanoel and Jesus, has become serious, according to the latest medical reports.
The twins were admitted to the hospital two weeks ago in serious condition, and it has been reported that their breathing pattern has gotten worse.
According to Brazilian publication G1, the babies are breathing with the help of a machine and using vasoactive drugs to improve the performance of their heart.
The mom of the twins, Maria de Nazare gave birth to them on Dec, 19, after severe abdominal pains. She was not aware that she had conjoined twins until minutes before they were born.
The obstetrician, Jose Brasil, did not carry out ultra-sound scans to identify the conjoined twins in advance. Municipal Secretary of Health of Anajás, alleged that the city had no equipment to conduct the ultrasound.
Although there was a great risk to the mother and babies, doctors managed to save all through a successful caesarean.
The babies are sharing most of the vital organs, such as the heart, lungs and pelvis. Doctors decided not to remove one of the heads considering both brains appeared to be fully functioning.
“We are not considering the possibility of surgery. What we’ve got to think about at this moment is to maintain the children in good condition and see how they will develop,” Neila Dahas, director of the Santa Casa hospital said, according to The Daily Mail.
The babies’ parents, Manoel do Socorro and Maria de Nazare, have been married for eight years and have three other sons. Nazare is a housewife while Socorro works with palm heart extraction.
Babies are currently undergoing magnetic resonance angiography testing – a non-invasive test used to visualize veins and arteries in the body.
It is not certain when the twins will be able to be released from the hospital.