Six-year-old conjoined twins who are connected from the sternum start kindergarten with shared body 

 

Six-year-old conjoined twins who are connected from the sternum down have defied all odds and are now navigating kindergarten with their shared body – despite doctors telling their mother they had a five per cent chance of survival.

Chelsea Torres, 30, from Blackfoot, Idaho, welcomed her twin daughters, Callie and Carter, with her partner, Nick, in 2017 – and medical professionals said that they likely wouldn’t live very long.

Despite physicians warning Chelsea that her daughters may not survive the first few weeks of their lives, Callie and Carter are thriving six years on, and they recently reached a major milestone – starting kindergarten.

While the girls each have their own heart and stomach, they share a liver, intestinal track, and bladder. Each of them can control one leg and two arms.

Six-year-old conjoined twins who are connected from the sternum down have defied all odds and are now navigating kindergarten with their shared body

Chelsea Torres, 30, from Blackfoot, Idaho, welcomed her twin daughters, Callie and Carter, with her partner, Nick, in 2017 – and doctors said they had a five per cent chance of survival

Despite physicians warning Chelsea that her daughters may not survive the first few weeks of their lives, Callie and Carter are thriving six years on

 

While the girls each have their own heart and stomach, they share a liver, intestinal track, and bladder. Each of them can control one leg and two arms. ‘Their top part is themselves, they have two separate stomachs, and where everything starts to get jumbled is in the intestines, they share their bottom half.’

‘I just want people to know that they are just two normal kids,’ she said. ‘They are in an unusual circumstance, but just treat them normal. ‘They like to be treated like any other kids because they are. They are in school, they go to physical therapy, they do normal activities, they ride bikes.’

They recently reached a major milestone – starting kindergarten

According to Chelsea, her daughters are like any other little girls – and each of them has their own distinct personality, as well as likes and dislikes

Chelsea works hard to raise awareness about conjoined twins, and has become a popular social media star along the way – gaining more than 205,000 followers on TikTok, where she often shares videos of the girls enjoying their lives and doing normal activities like swimming, riding a bike, enjoying the playground, and playing.

While she’s very open about her daughters’ story now, it took a while for her to become so comfortable talking about it.

she added that she’s open to looking into it in the future if it’s something the twins want. She added: ‘If they say we want to be separated, we will try’

‘The doctors said, “Nothing is wrong with them, they are perfect, they are healthy, take them home and treat them like normal kids.” So, that’s what we did,’ Chelsea recalled.

‘They don’t know any other way of life,’ she explained. ‘When people ask if they want to be separated, they’re like, “Huh? Why?”‘

‘If they say we want to be separated, we will try. I will tell them they have to listen to what the doctors say – you have to understand the odds, if you want to go through with it, and do it, then I will support it,’ she said.

‘For now, it’s not my choice to make. It’s such a dangerous surgery, it’s just not my choice to make for them. They are not broken to me.’

 

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