A set of conjoined twins scheduled for delivery on Monday in Augusta, Georgia, can be seen in a sonogram facing one another as though embracing. The sonogram, which was taken at 15 weeks, shows the twin boys who are joined at the heart.
The boys’ mother, Brittany Crofton, 26, said the image was a rare sight.
"I didn't see, 'oh... conjoined [twins].' I didn't think about that. I saw two little babies," Crafton told Fox 5 Atlanta when she saw her first sonogram.
There is a good prognosis for survival, doctors at Georgia Regents Medical Center said. The boys share a heart and liver, have clubfoot and a dislocated hip.
Surgical separation is only possible if one of the babies receives a heart from a donor.
“What makes this case special, is that the heart the twins share is quite normal and has been functioning very well for them. So, we believe it will continue to function well after the delivery,” Dr. Paul Browne of the maternal-fetal medicine department at Georgia Regents University and Health System said in a news release.
According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Crafton is hesitant to consider future medical procedures. When the boys arrive, she’s planning on focusing on the extensive and expensive care they’ll require.