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The seven-year-old conjoined twins who beat the odds and survived after surgery to separate them



When conjoined twins Ruby and Rosie were in the womb, doctors were so sure they wouldn't make it that preparations for the delivery were left until the last minute.


And the drama of their caesarean birth was doubled when they were taken to another hospital for emergency surgery – forcing their recovering mother to make a desperate dash across London to be with them.


But seven years later, the pair are the picture of health and happiness.




When conjoined twins Ruby and Rosie were in the womb, doctors were so sure they wouldn't make it that preparations for the delivery were left until the last minute.


Angela and Daniel Formosa had been told to prepare for the worst and even consider abortion as the twins' chances of survival were so slim.

'We were scared but termination was never an option for me,' said Mrs Formosa, 38. 'I just couldn't do that… and look I made the right decision.'



Ruby and Rosie were born fused together at the abdomen. Within hours of their birth they had surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital to clear a life-threatening intestinal blockage and separate them.

Mrs Formosa said doctors were so sure that Ruby and Rosie would die that provisions weren't made for the delivery until the very last moment. 


Angela and Daniel Formosa had been told to prepare for the worst and even consider abortion as the twins' chances of survival were so slim


'I was having scans every two weeks and each time I was told to prepare myself that there probably won't be two heartbeats,' she said.


Within hours of the birth on July 26, 2012, the twins had to be taken from University College Hospital to Great Ormond Street for an emergency operation.


Terrified she wouldn't see her girls again, Mrs Formosa discharged herself and rushed over to be with them. After five hours of surgery they survived, and came home a few weeks later.


'We felt amazed and relieved,' said the mother, who has another daughter, Lily, 11, with 43-year-old cab driver Mr Formosa. 


Within hours of the birth on July 26, 2012, the twins had to be taken from University College Hospital to Great Ormond Street for an emergency operation


'They look after each other and are constantly finishing off each other's sentences. They even got identical grades in their school report.'


Aptly, the girls, from Bexleyheath, south-east London, want to be doctors. Half of conjoined twins are stillborn and 35 per cent of survivors live only a day.