Conjoined twins, just over two months
old, die in Pennsylvania
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[June 26, 2014]
By Elizabeth Daley
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Conjoined twin boys
in Pennsylvania whose parents opted not to separate them have died at
just over 2 months old, authorities said on Wednesday.
Garrett and Andrew Stancombe of Indiana, Pennsylvania, were born
on April 10 conjoined at the torso and sharing a heart and liver.
They were released from the hospital when they were 4 days old and
died at home, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Pittsburgh, on Tuesday,
according to the Indiana County Coroner.
"They courageously battled the obstacles associated with living as
conjoined twins," read their obituary published on Wednesday in the
Their parents, Michelle Van Horne and Kody Stancombe, said publicly
they decided against separating the twins due to the serious risks
The babies had been receiving in-home hospice care, the coroner
said. A funeral was scheduled for Thursday.
According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, conjoined twins rarely
survive. Most are stillborn or die shortly after birth, it said.
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While surgery may be performed to separate them, it is risky
depending upon where they are joined and whether they share internal
(Reporting by Elizabeth Daley; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Eric
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