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