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Chinese girls born in single body with two heads

A hospital in southwestern China says conjoined twin girls with a single body and two heads have been born at its facility.

A staffer surnamed Wang at Suining City Central Hospital in Sichuan province says the girls were born on Thursday.

Wang said today the parents, who are farmers, did not want to have the babies at first, fearing they could not afford to keep them alive. She said they transferred the twins to a hospital in the nearby metropolis of Chongqing to be examined by experts.

The local Huaxi Metropolis Daily reported the twins weighed nine pounds and measured 51 centimetres. They have two spines and two esophaguses and share other organs. Doctors were quoted as saying it would be nearly impossible to separate them.