Friday, November 29, 2019

Mum of conjoined twins refuses to separate them after doctors wanted her to have abortion

A mum of conjoined twins hasn't even considered having her daughters separated - saying she believes they will thrive the way they are.

Chelsea Torres, 26, is getting ready to celebrate Callie and Carter's third birthdays despite doctors advising her to have an abortion during her pregnancy.

The girls are attached from the large intestine downwards, but have adapted to life joined to one another and have started to talk and crawl across the ground together.

However things aren't easy for the family, and Chelsea admits that people in their hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho, still stare at the family and give them dirty looks.

However, despite receiving abuse from the public, Chelsea admits that she does not want to separate her twins and haven't even thought about them having this kind of surgery.

Full-time mum Chelsea said: "We have always believed in the girls - even when I was advised to have an abortion, I couldn't go through with it.

"Now the girls are almost three-years-old and have been doing amazingly - their vocabulary has massively taken off recently and they can crawl around together.

"Our next milestone would be for them to start walking, but they're not putting much effort in with that at the moment as they seem to be focusing on talking.

"Because the girls are still very young, they haven't realised that they are different to any other child who isn't conjoined so they currently show no issues being together.
"We haven't thought about separation surgery for the girls and I wouldn't like to separate them.

"They are doing well at the moment and we have not been advised to look into the surgery, so as long as they are doing well they will stay together."

Despite the twins currently being unaware of their uniqueness, Chelsea hopes that by the birth of her unborn child the girls will put in more effort to walk.

She said: "I am currently 23-weeks-pregnant and I have been told that this will be a single child and not a twin.

"I hope that when the girls see the new baby growing up and starting to walk, they will put in more effort to follow in the baby's footsteps and try harder.
"They also start school in February where they will have physical, speech and occupational therapy so I'm hoping that will help too.

"The girls have become a lot stronger in the past years because them moving together takes a lot of effort, so I believe they will be able to walk soon.

"Also, personality wise, they are learning to live together in their bodies and tolerate one another as opposed to them being bossy and frustrated."

But, despite the love that the twins receive from their friends and family, Chelsea admits that strangers aren't as welcoming.

She said: "Even in our hometown people are constantly staring at us and giving me judgmental looks.

"People don't realise that it is hard for me to have to watch everyone else's kids grow up and run around playing together, whilst my daughters cannot walk yet.

"But people don't seem to think of that and still look at us as though we are weird - even people who have seen us in public before.

"Even though we receive rude glances, it won't change how I am to my children and doesn't change my opinion on having them separated.

"My daughters are fit and healthy and have definitely made it further than anyone thought they would - so people don't know what they're judging us for."