Twins facing each other in a touching sonogram share more than just a brotherly bond: they share a heart.
The conjoined twin boys, named Chandler and Chance, are scheduled for delivery by C-section Nov. 9 at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta.
This sonogram image, showing both boys at once at 15 weeks, is a rare sight for their mother, 26-year-old Brittany Crafton of Augusta, as it is difficult to capture a similar image.
“I didn’t see, ‘oh… conjoined [twins].’ I didn’t think about that. I saw two little babies,” Crafton said, upon seeing her first sonogram.
She said that sight of her twin boys in an embrace deterred any thoughts about terminating her pregnancy, despite the risks.
” How could you do something to two little babies, just looking like they’re hugging eachother?” she said.
Doctors said the boys share a heart and liver, suffer from clubfoot,and have a dislocated hip, but have a good prognosis for survival. The hospital said the boys can only be surgically separated if one of the babies is given a heart by a donor.
“What makes this case special, is that the heart the twins share is quite normal and has been functioning very well for them. So, we believe it will continue to function well after the delivery,” said Dr. Paul Browne of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Georgia Regents University and Health System, through the hospital’s release.
Crafton is hesitant to consider any future medical procedures. “I f the time comes for that. I just want them to get here,” she said.
Crafton will focus on the extensive and expensive care once the babies are born; the boys will require specialized baby products, from cribs, car seats and clothes.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Crafton and her baby boys.