Conjoined twins die one day after being delivered via C-section to Michael and Robin Hamby of Alabama, leaving the 34-year-old parents devastated but grateful that they were able to hold and love their newborn sons before they passed away. Asa and Eli Hamby were born at 7:32 on Thursday morning in Atlanta’s Northside Hospital. The beautiful babies entered the world on December 4, 2014 sharing the same body, arms, and legs. The conjoined twins died only 33 hours later, at 5 p.m. on Friday, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Robin got over there, and we got to hold them, love on them and sing to them,” Michael Hamby said in a video posted to the couple’s Facebook page. “I miss them, even though I have only got to be with them 24 hours. Feels like a lifetime. I don’t wish this hurt on anybody.”
“They looked so much like Michael. They were just the cutest little things. So, so sweet,” Robin Hamby added of her special children.
The Hambys are also parents of a 22-month-old girl named Selah.
Michael and Robin learned of their babies’ condition when the expecting mom was eight-weeks pregnant. Doctors gave them the option to terminate the pregnancy, but they declined.
“You have to stay strong, even though the Lord does things like this,” Michael said. “He does things for a reason. He’s a good God. I just want people to understand our sons, even though they lived only (34) hours, they witnessed to people all around the world, and that should say something. They touched people, these two little boys who hadn’t even gotten a word out. They touched so many people.”
Shortly after being delivered, the twins developed an irregular heartbeat. Doctors struggled to control their shared heart, but medication was unable to remedy the problem as their heart rate soared to 300 beats per minute. The conjoined twins died at a children’s hospital 10 miles away from the hospital where they were born. Their concerned parents traveled to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to be with them during their final hours.
The conjoined twins died 45 minutes after doctors removed their tiny shared body from ventilators and monitors. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, the Hambys plan to have the twins cremated and hold a memorial service for them.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, conjoined twins named Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith were born in the Lone Star State earlier this year. Their parents decided that they will have the baby girls separated as soon as medically possible, which in their case would be around six to eight months of age. Despite the risk involved, doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital said the twins have an excellent chance at survival. The adorable little girls were born sharing their liver, a single diaphragm, the pericardial sac (the lining of their hearts) and even their intestines. Doctors believe the tiny conjoined twins may also share lung tissue. Their separation surgery is scheduled for this month.
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