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Conjoined Twins Die in Oregon

July 20, 2001

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Conjoined twins who shared a heart have died three days after their birth.

The twin girls, who died Thursday, were joined at the torso and weighed 12 pounds, 15 ounces combined. They were delivered by Caesarean section Monday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center.

The parents knew the twins were conjoined four months before the birth, according to the hospital. Doctors say it is impossible to separate twins who share a heart.

The couple, from Longview, Wash., didn’t want their names released and requested that little medical information be revealed.

Conjoined twins occur once in every 200,000 live births, but about 75 percent are stillborn or die within days after birth.

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