WHAT a milestone! Formerly conjoined twins, Rosie and Ruby Formosa, who had a 20 percent chance of surviving when they were born back in 2012, are officially kindergarteners! And to celebrate their big 1st day of school, the cuties posed for a series of ADORABLE pics — check them out here!
Rosie and Ruby Formosa, 4, were joined at the abdomen and even shared part of their intestine before receiving an emergency life-saving operation to separate them in 2012. And now, just four short years later, the two have started school — and they look beyond precious in their matching uniforms!
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The twins‘ mother, Angela Formosa, 35, told BBC that Rosie and Ruby, who hail from Bexleyheath in south-east London, were “very excited” to be starting school — aw! “Four years ago it wasn’t in my mind that this would ever happen,” she said. This truly is a monumental moment for the entire Formosa family!
“When I was pregnant I didn’t think I’d ever see their first day at school so it is really amazing and all thanks to Gosh [Great Ormond Street Hospital] really,” the tearful mom added. We can only imagine how heartbreaking it must have been for Angela and the twins’ father, Daniel Formosa, when the parents discovered their baby daughters had the rare medical condition, which only occurs in one in every 200,000 births.
But luckily, against all odds, Rosie and Ruby survived! They were born at University College Hospital in London via caesarean section when Angela was 34 weeks pregnant. And within a few hours of their birth, the girls had to be rushed to London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for emergency surgery due to an intestinal blockage.
Recalling that it felt like “a million years” ago since she was waiting for the girls to come out of their surgery, Angela also acknowledged that the girls have seemed to grow up so fast. “The time has just flown by, I can’t believe how fast it has gone,” she said.
“They are very excited [about starting school]; their big sister is in school so they can’t wait. They’ve met their teacher a few times and they love their teacher. They’re looking forward to painting, anything messy, they love reading,” Angela told the publication, adding that they are survivors.
“They are very similar, they are very bubbly little girls, they are very headstrong and very determined, which I knew they were from when they were in my belly because of the way they kept growing and surviving.” SO beautiful!
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — how adorable are Rosie and Ruby? Do you love their first day of school pics?