Australian Baby With Two Faces: Miracle Conjoined Twin Girls Die

Tue, May 27, 2014 12:30pm EDT by 17 Comments
Australian Conjoined Twin Girls Die
Courtesy of A Current Affair

The conjoined twins known as “the Australian baby with two faces” have sadly passed away. Although Faith & Hope Howie exceeded doctors expectations, they only lived 19 days after being born.

Faith and Hope Howie tragically passed away at just 19 days old on May 27. Their parents, Renee Young and Simon Howie, were originally instructed by doctors to terminate after a sonogram showed that their twin girls suffered from a rare disease that would allow them to share one body but have two separate faces and brains.

Australian Conjoined Twins Pass Away

This is so sad to hear.

The two beautiful baby girls who were born on May 8 in Sydney, Australia have passed away just 19 days later, as reported by A Current Affair.

Hope and Faith were with their parents, Renee and Simon, at the time of their death.

Doctors had no idea what to expect of the conjoined twin girls once they were born, as they suffered from disrosopus — a rare condition in which twins share the same body but have separate faces and brains.

Simon and Renee revealed that when they originally found out their twins had disrosopus, doctors insisted that they terminate the pregnancy.

Renee, already a mother to six, refused to do so. In the 19 days her twin girls miraculously remained alive, she beamed with pride as she watched over them in the hospital.

“We have no idea how long they will be in hospital. We just want to bring them home, happy and healthy to make our family a little bit bigger and a bit more chaotic,” the twins father told Womans Day when the girls were ust four days old on May 12.

Simon also told the outlet that the girls were doing very well, and had even started breathing and feeding on their own.

So sad. Our hearts go out to Simon, Renee, and their family at this time.

– Lauren Cox

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Linda

Posted at 11:17 PM on June 8, 2014  

Heres a crude yet effective analogy which applies to this sitution, and in general to any painful, uncomfortable terminal condition or diagnosis, illustrating the argument for euthanasia or in this case pregnacy termination.
Consider this hypothetical situation. Your death is guaranteed by the end of the week but you may choose you method of depature. Do you choose a) lethal injection, a painless, peaceful however immediate method of death or do you choose b) death by torture, guaranteed unrelenting pain and suffering but could potintially extend your life by moments or several days until your ultimate death at the end of the week?

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Miranda

Posted at 10:30 PM on June 8, 2014  

To those commenting that these parents are brave wonderful people for proceeding with the pregancy after having been made aware of such a dire, hopeless prognosis- youve obviously never experienced excruciating discomfort and relentless suffering as these babies most certainly endured during their short lives. Nineteen days is long time when youre gasping for every breath and essentially experiencing a slow painful death. It was clear these babies would not survive as survival with this condition has been undocumented. There ARE worse things than death which unfortunately many people dont apprciate experiencing life in comfort, free of pain and suffering.

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Sandy

Posted at 8:00 PM on May 28, 2014  

Very sad for hope and faith but they are at peace now no longer in pain from the ceasures and everything else they were dealing with.
A few facts are wrong. ..renee is a mother to 7 kids 9 including hope and faith and Simon father to 2 of those 4 including hope and faith also is a biological father to 2 other kids he has nothing to do with as they don’t whish to follow the process of the courts or respects the wishes of those children’s mothers. These people are not angels like they are made out to be…they new full well what those little girls would go through and the lack of quality of life yet chose to put their own wants and needs first and not the children in question ..that in its self is selfish beyond belief. ..you just need to look at the case and case studys if the last few cases of baby’s being born with THE EXACT SAME CONDITION. .they don’t make it past a few months and it’s a very painful and horrific time for them..SHAME ON SIMON N RENEE…but it won’t be long before she is pregnant again so she does not have to work..even though she works cash in hand and still takes money off the government

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brisnicki

Posted at 7:52 PM on May 29, 2014  

There was a boy born with this condition who is 10 yo now and still alive… so they had a chance at surviving. The doctor in the original ACA story had hope they’d survive after birth. Their parent’s decision to give them a chance would have been criticized by you pro-death-to-the-imperfect lot whether they had seven other kids or none or if they had money or not. They did not create their baby with this condition, they only chose to give those girls a chance after finding out about it and hoped and prayed they’d make it but they didn’t.

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charmas

Posted at 7:56 PM on May 29, 2014  

Thank you for saying that. I agree completely.

 
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Ssat

Posted at 6:02 AM on June 7, 2014  

Actually that’s wrong. There is no known case of anyone surviving that long with disrosopus. The longest known survival was 2 months, from a girl who was born in Indian, before she suffered a heart attach.

 
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vcb2

Posted at 12:34 AM on May 28, 2014  

Words about this are hard to come by. Feelings are not. What a remarkably wonderful, brave, loving couple Young and Howie is. I yearn that heaven truly exists as Faith and Hope would surly be there, waiting for their parents, with love and appreciation. Till then, rest in peace Faith and Hope.

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Indigo

Posted at 8:35 PM on May 27, 2014  

Sad, they were such adorable little girls. Sad to see them leave so soon. RIP Hope and Faith. The world will loves you and misses you lots xxx

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Karen

Posted at 5:55 PM on May 27, 2014  

The parents of these little girls have been so brave and so wonderful my heart goes out to them. So sad for the babies but perhaps it is for the best

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skipper

Posted at 2:54 PM on May 27, 2014  

This is just another reason I don’t believe in god. There is no blessing, no glory, nothing good came of this. This is awful and I feel so bad for the family of these children.

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vcb2

Posted at 12:38 AM on May 28, 2014  

It’s easy to understand your frustration, sadness and anger.

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brisnicki

Posted at 8:02 PM on May 29, 2014  

I think sometimes people can be blind to the belssigs. I bet if you talked to this family (parents and kids) they would say they were still blessed to have had those few weeks with their girls. My friend often talks of her nephew that she was able to be with when he was born to her brother and wife who died hours after being born (very premature). She has a photo of him by her bedside. My sister lost two babies to miscarriage who she still thinks of (she has 3 living kids also), photos as well as a name. The glory out of this could be to put to shame the haters of this family and girls. Instead of support they heaped negativity onto them, suggesting the girls should have been killed inutero (aborted). They would have preferred them nameless, no photos, no chance to experience the warmth of their parents arms or kisses on their little face – they’d prefer them snuffed out without a chance. That is the culture we live in today. This culture needs to change.

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charmas

Posted at 1:18 PM on May 27, 2014  

My thoughts and prayers are with this family. I can’t imagine what they are feeling. Please trust in God and he will help you through this most difficult time in your life. God please bless this family.

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Андрей Миньков (@AndreyMinkov)

Posted at 2:52 PM on May 27, 2014  

God will destroy millions.

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Mel

Posted at 9:26 PM on May 27, 2014  

HAHAHAHHAHAHA no

 
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charmas

Posted at 9:49 PM on May 27, 2014  

This isn’t anything to joke about with your HAHAHAHA. That’s cold!

 
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Mister Baja

Posted at 12:49 PM on May 27, 2014  

……just be glad.

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