Conjoined Twins

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2008
Conjoined Twins
8
Thu, 07-23-2009 - 11:01pm

I guess this question is more for the PC ppl, but I welcome all viewpoints.



Powered by CGISpy.com
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-11-2005
Fri, 07-24-2009 - 2:02am

Yes, because the parasitic* twin could be killing the host twin. I see no problem with doing it. Don't we have PL'er on the board that lost a set of conjoined twins? I know and can understand if this question bothers her. But it would interesting to get her point of view.

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
iVillage Member
Registered: 02-06-2009
Fri, 07-24-2009 - 6:12am

Hmm. Good question. There would definitely be a self-defence argument to be made on the part of the stronger twin, but I can't imagine sacrificing any of my siblings to save my own life.


I know that separation has been attempted on infant conjoined twins resulting in the death of the weaker, but IIRC both would otherwise have died.


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2009
Fri, 07-24-2009 - 12:06pm

As someone that has a reverence for life, and views as something far more than simply breathing or some baseline brain activity, I would try to separate conjoined twins that I gave birth to, even if it meant one would die.

I think that the quality of life issues that conjoined status forces on the babies involved are so grave that I would make that decision if it was mine to make.

I fully understand that the conjoined twins that share a lower body are happy, healthy teens now, and would not have it any other way. I don't know if separation was possible without killing both, though - but if it was, it was indeed their parents decision and I agree with keeping that way.

Just as I agree that remaining or not remaining pregnant should be at the consent of the woman involved.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-20-2009
Sat, 07-25-2009 - 12:12am

I really think it would depend on how they were conjoined. It's very rare that one twin has a body with a complete set of organs and the other twin is merely existing off the "host." Every set of conjoined twins I've heard of or read about (granted, that's not very many) have shared vital organs. Therefore, I believe that it would be wrong to force one twin to die for the other. How can you judge which twin is the parasite?

And as an aside, I very much doubt any adult conjoined twins would choose to seperate under these conditions. But I think I would absolutely try to seperate conjoined twins I gave birth to as infants.

Photobucket Lilypie Breastfeeding Ticker PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
Image and video hosting by TinyPicLilypie Breastfeeding Ticker
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2008
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 4:54pm

If they are adults, wouldn't they be the ones to make that decision?

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2008
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 8:48pm

I'm talking about a conjoined situation where one twin is esentually keeping the other one alive, especially in such a manner where it puts a extreme strain on the *host* twin because one heard and one set of lungs is going the work of 2 bodies.


Honestly, I'm curious if "my body, my choice" ever ends. A conjoined twin didn't *ask* to be in that position, and IF one host twin should decide that they no longer want to BE a *host* for another person who is wholey dependant on them for survival, should they be allowed to seperate from the *parasitic* twin , even at the expense of the others life?


Powered by CGISpy.com

PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucket
Photobucket
PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket
Lilypie Kids birthday TickerLilypie Kids birthday TickerLilypie 2nd Birthday Ticker

Powered by CGISpy.com
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-08-2008
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 10:23pm
Okay, in that case, I don't think it is a matter of choice because we would be talking about two separate thinking human beings.

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-08-2009
Tue, 09-08-2009 - 5:10pm

Your question was specifically directed towards "adult" conjoined twins which would bring up other issues.