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Conjoined Formosa twins off to school after beating all the odds

By Ella Pickover

Published 30/08/2016

Twins Rosie (left) and Ruby Formosa
Twins Rosie (left) and Ruby Formosa
Twins after their birth

Conjoined twins who had a slim chance of survival are now preparing to go to school for the first time.

Rosie and Ruby Formosa (4), who were born joined at the abdomen and shared part of the intestine, needed an emergency operation to separate them when they were born in 2012.

Their parents Angela and Daniel Formosa were told the girls had a low chance of survival.

But after a successful separation operation at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh), the identical twins lead happy and healthy lives and are preparing to start school next month.

The Kent twins are "very excited" to be starting school like their big sister Lily (9), Mrs Formosa said. "Four years ago it wasn't in my mind that this would ever happen. When I was pregnant I didn't think I'd ever see their first day at school so it is really amazing and all thanks to Gosh, really," she added.

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