While another pair of conjoined twins by the names of Hope and Faith await surgery in Texas, another Australian pair by the same name had their memory insulted this weekend when thieves broke into the home of the parents to destroy the few remnants that the family had left of their deceased daughters, reported The Daily Telegraph.
Australians closely followed the story of the conjoined twins during the 19 short days of their life earlier this year. Their parents, Renee Young and Simon Howie, have now had time to collect themselves, but wounds were gashed open anew by the seemingly random attack on their family home. Howie recounted the heartbreaking discovery to The Daily Telegraph.
“I just walked in and saw it and went, ‘oh God’ we’ve got to call the police… I’m absolutely devastated… We’re trying to get on with our lives, get everything back to normal and then this. Someone was sick in the head to do this.”
Police are currently investigating the crime against the parents of the conjoined twins, which occurred during broad daylight while the family was out of the house between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The perpetrators stole four Playstations and a number of DVDs and Blu-rays. The family’s plasma television was found upended and kicked in. While the family estimates that it suffered between $6,000 and $7,000 worth of damage total, it was most saddened by the destruction of several memorial statues that they have around the house commemorating the short life of their conjoined twins Hope and Faith. Further violations of their memory were found as the family inspected the house, Howie said.
“They’ve taken the hard drive off the computer that’s got all the family photos on it. I’m disgusted that they went through the girls’ drawers.”
Young expressed that the material losses were not affecting her nearly as much as the feeling that the little she had left of her deceased conjoined twins had been taken from her.
“I can’t describe it, I don’t know what they get out of coming in and breaking everything. The thieves also broke a number of mini-statues of the girls… They’re little things but it’s the little things that are getting me… the worst.”
Faith and Hope were born with a diprosopus — a disease where two separate babies are born sharing the same face, skull and body but have distinct brains. They were born on May 8 this year but lived for just under 20 days, reported the Daily Mail.
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