First Conjoined Twins To Be Separated Break Silence

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( – In 1955, a set of conjoined twins made history after being separated and surviving. Lillian Matthews-Hollins and Linda Matthews-Wilson, now 67, were born in rural Mississippi. Their birth was long before the time when ultrasounds were available.

Their parents had already had 6 children and they expected this to be a routine at-home delivery. However, when their mother started pushing the physician was quick to notice that something was not right. As it turned out the two little girls had been connected from the sternum to the navel. They also shared a liver.

At around five weeks old the two little girls were successfully separated, even though originally the odds of both of them surviving had been “probably zero.”

During an interview with NBC’s Sam Brock aired on TODAY March 3 the twins continued to share their story. As they noted they are still very bonded and they find a lot of comfort in being physically close to one another.

Lillian noted that half of the time that they spend together they just end up laughing a lot. Linda and Lillian have a total of 7 children and 16 grandchildren between them.

Linda recalled how decades before when Lillian was going through a miscarriage, she had also started feeling weird and feeling pain. It was not even 10 minutes later when Lilian’s husband called and told them of the miscarriage.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, around 70 percent of conjoined twins are female and most are stillborn.


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