The twin girls were born at Gaza City’s main hospital on Tuesday night, stunning medics who thought they were delivering healthy twins.
TWIN girls joined at the chest and sharing one heart and body are fighting for life in a hospital in the Gaza Strip.
The conjoined twins were born by caesarean section yesterday.
Their arrival shocked doctors, who had expected to deliver a healthy pair of twin girls.
But, they soon discovered the newborns shared a heart and body.
Paediatrician Hanan Al-Wade, at Al Shifa, Gaza City’s main hospital, said: “We thought they were twins and we would have no problem.
“But we discovered that it is a Siamese baby. The body is one but with two heads.”
Medics are keeping a close eye on the baby girls, who are hooked up to life support in intensive care.
Doctors said they are still assessing whether or not surgery to separate the newborns, who have yet to be named, is possible.
If they do decide to opt for surgery, they will have to consider if they can perform the operation in Gaza, or try to move the babies to a hospital in Israel, or further abroad.
“Separating them is very hard because they are sharing many organs and they have a defective heart,” said Wade.
Reuters television pictures showed the two, joined to the body just below the neck, struggling to breath inside an incubator.