Adorable twin sisters who were born joined together show they’re still as close as ever – three years after doctors separated them
Meet Rosie and Ruby Formosa – the adorable twin sisters who were born joined together but are still as close as ever – three years after doctors separated them at birth.
When they were born sharing intestines in July 2012, doctors gave the adorable pair a very low chance of survival.
But after a successful operation clear an intestinal blockage at just one day old, Rosie and Ruby are both fighting fit and living their lives as normal, healthy toddlers.
Despite being successfully separated by Great Ormond Street doctors, full-time mum Angela, 34, says the pair are almost inseparable.
Angela, from Bexleyheath, South East London, said: “Wherever they are, they need to know where the other is.
“Even at nursery surrounded by all their little friends, they are constantly looking to see where the other one is.
“If I’m getting Ruby dressed first, Rosie will run off, find the exact same outfit and pester me until I dress her exactly the same.
“It’s been like that ever since we brought them home.
“They used to crawl around the house chasing one another.
“Normally Rosie will learn something first – like talking – and within a week Ruby will have caught up.
“They’re just little copycats really.”
Angela was only 16 weeks pregnant when a scan revealed to her and taxi-driver husband, Daniel, that the twins were conjoined.
The couple, who also have a seven-year-old daughter, Lily, prepared themselves for the worst as doctors gave the girls a small chance of survival as they couldn’t definitively see where the connection was.
Conjoined twins occur every 200,000 births, however, as few as five per cent of those births actually survive being born.
Angela said: “Hearing the girls were conjoined was the shock of our lives.
“I’d heard of it, but I never expected it to happen to me.
“I was nervous the whole way through the pregnancy but tried to shut it to the back of my mind.
“When I heard their two little cries when they were born, the worry subsided, but only for a while.”
Almost immediately after being delivered early at 34 weeks by caesarean section at University College Hospital, London, Rosie and Ruby were whisked off to Great Ormond Street Hospital to be operated on.
The following day, a team of 15 doctors spent five hours separating the diminutive duo, who weighed in at 5lb 3oz each, and clearing a life-threatening intestinal blockage.
A relieved Angela said: “Those were the most difficult 24 hours of our lives.
“Having my babies taken off my almost immediately after they’re born and not knowing if either would survive was heartbreaking.
“When the doctors came out to say the surgery had been a success and that the girls were both fine, it was like the world had been lifted off our shoulders.
“Seeing their little bodies in two separate cots, instead of one, I just burst into tears.
“I was so happy.”
Angela and the girls spent another four and a half weeks in hospital to make sure the girls were healthy enough to go home.
Even when they were finally given the all clear to go home, Angela and Daniel, 39, had to improvise.
Angela said: “On the drive back we had to buy bottles from Boots.
“We just hadn’t prepared for bringing both girls home so it was all a bit last minute.
“During the pregnancy I couldn’t see us getting to the point where both our little girls would survive.”
Occasionally Rosie and Ruby have to have routine operations, but even those minor setbacks aren’t stopping their development.
Before turning three in July, the cheeky couple are attending nursery five days a week and running rings around mum and dad on their matching scooters.
Angela said: “They’ve both developed as any ‘normal’ child does.
“We were always a bit worried that them being conjoined could delay that, but it doesn’t seem to have done.
“Their report card from nursery says they are getting on just fine.
“The only problem we have is that Rosie and Ruby keep doubling up on their big sister Lily so they can steal her toys.
“They’re always working together.”