Miracle Twins Joined at Head, Share a Brain

By David Schoetz

Jun 14, 2010 1:38pm

Our plan for tonight includes a report from Neal Karlinsky about a pair of 3-year-old twin girls conjoined at the head — two children who share parts of the same brain and cannot be separated. Tatiana and Krista Hogan, of British Columbia, Canada, are craniopagus twins. According to their pediatric neurologist, Dr. Dog Cochrane, they may be the only twins to share a common neurological connection.  Their mother, Felicia, believes the unique connection may give the children special powers, like the ability to see through each other’s eyes.  What we found on our visit with them, and as you will see tonight, is two girls who have learned ways to play together and live together in coordination. There are, of course, major health concerns, particularly Tatiana’s enlarged heart that pumps blood to her twin’s shared brain. It is a fascinating story that will be featured on National Geographic Tuesday night. Click HERE for a slideshow of images of the children. ——————- UPDATE: Here is the segment, “Conjoined Medical Twins: A Medical Wonder.”

 

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