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Pennsylvania parents choose not to separate conjoined twins

Posted: Updated: Apr 25, 2014 08:58 PM
Andrew and Garette Stancombe are joined from the breast bone to the waist. (Courtesy: ABC News) Andrew and Garette Stancombe are joined from the breast bone to the waist. (Courtesy: ABC News)
INDIANA, PA - A couple in Pennsylvania has decided not to separate their infant conjoined twins.

Andrew and Garette Stancombe were born April 10.

They are joined from the breast bone to the waist and they share a heart and a liver, reports ABC News.

Doctors said separating the babies would be too risky since they would only have between a five and 25% chance of survival.

“We’re grateful they have been able to survive this long and they’re both going strong,” said the boys’ father, Kody Stancombe.

The parents took the twins home Friday where they joined their 23-month-old brother, Ryan.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, conjoined twins happen once for every 50,000 to 60,000 births.  About 75% of conjoined twins are joined at the chest.

*ABC News contributed to this story.
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