Chang and Eng Bunker

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    Conjoined twins are two people who are born physically connected to each other. In the United States, united or conjoined twins have been referred to as Siamese twins, named after the conjoined brothers Chang and Eng Bunker of Mekong Valley, Siam, who were displayed worldwide by P.T. Barnum the founder of Barnum and Bailey circus. (Cunningham. (2014)) Conjoined twins are formed in early embryo when an incomplete embryonic division occurs forming two individuals. (Creasy, R. (2014)) Although two fetuses will develop from this embryo, they will remain physically connected. Most conjoined twins are connected at the chest, pelvis or buttocks, they may share one or more internal organs. The majority of conjoined twins are stillborn or die shortly after birth. Some surviving conjoined twins may be surgically separated. The success of surgery to separate conjoined twins depends on where the twins are joined and how many and…

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