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Conjoined twin sisters, 18, who can never be separated because they share a vital artery defy doctors who 'said they would die by the age of 10'

03:45, Thursday, 11 July, 2019
Conjoined twin sisters, 18, who can never be separated because they share a vital artery defy doctors who 'said they would die by the age of 10'

Twins conjoined at the head who will never be separated are surviving years beyond what doctors predicted.

Neev and Nelly Kolestein, from Amsterdam, have been attached by the backs of their heads for their 18 years of life, but have their own brains and bodies.

Their mother, who does not want to be identified, was told during labour that her babies would be joined at the head.

Medics were convinced the girls would die shortly after birth, and if they survived, it was expected their life would be a struggle before dying around the age of 10.

They are unable to be separated because they share a main artery in the head which keeps them alive, the family said.

But the twins are thriving and admit they would never want to be separated anyway - despite cruel torments throughout their lives.

They've never known any different than what they are used to - such as using a mirror to see each other and watch TV at the same time.

As Craniopagus twins, the girls are a medical phenomenon, representing just two to six percent of conjoined twins worldwide.

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