A young Australian mother welcomed a baby girl with two faces on Thursday, May 8. Surprisingly, the miracle baby is actually an incredibly rare case of conjoined twins — in which they share a body but have two different brains inside one skull.
Faith and Hope Howie are two conjoined twins who were miraculously born healthy and happy, even while sharing one body. Amazing!
Australian Baby Girl Born With Two Faces
Renee Young, a mother of six children, brought her number up to eight when she welcomed a pair of conjoined twins on Thursday, May 8 in Sydney, Australia.
However, the twin girls came out as one — a baby girl with two faces.
Doctors later found that even though the baby girls share a body and all of their organs, they actually have two separate brains behind each of their faces.
“They are breathing perfectly on their own and feeding,” the twins proud dad, Simon Howie, told Womans Day. “They even had their first bath last night.”
That is incredible news! Simon continued to gush about his daughters, explaining how he and his wife love their twins no matter what.
“Even though there is only one body, we call them our twins,” explains Simon. “To us, they are our girls and we love them.”
Renee gave birth to the miracle twins through cesarean section at Blacktown Hospital just two hours after her water broke.
Doctors Unsure How Long Twin Girls Will Live
Even though the girls are the picture of health, their rare condition means they will face a number of challenges as they continue to grow.
Their rare condition, diprosopus, was discovered during an ultrasound when Renee was just 19 weeks pregnant. The condition has only been documented in medical history a total of 35 times, with just 16 of those cases in the past 15 years.
Faith and Hope will be seen by multiple different specialists as their parents try to prepare for what their future holds. For now, the baby girls are healthy, happy, and eager to be taken home by their proud parents.
“We have no idea how long they will be in hospital,” Simon shared excitedly. “We just want to bring them home, happy and healthy to make our family a little bit bigger and a bit more chaotic.”
— Lauren Cox