Growing up

Formerly conjoined twins who were separated just after birth ready to start school

The Formosa twins (YouTube).

In 2012, twin sisters Rosie and Ruby Formosa were born in a London hospital. The twins had come early and were joined at the abdomen. They shared part of their intestine. Doctors gave them just a 20 percent chance of survival and then whisked them into emergency surgery within hours of their Caesarian-section delivery in an attempt to separate them. Their story captured global headlines.

Four years later, the two are set to begin school, a moment their mother, Angela Formosa says she didn’t think much about in the early days after their birth and separation. Formosa said she just wanted normal lives for the girls and that moment is truly about to be realized when they go to school for the first time in September. Formosa and her husband, Daniel, discovered early in her pregnancy that due to a rare medical condition, the twins were conjoined. Only about one in every 200,000 pregnancies are affected in this way, and Formosa said it was “heartbreaking” to learn from doctors the long odds they were facing. “When I was pregnant I didn’t think I’d ever see their first day at school so it is really amazing and all thanks to Gosh [Great Ormond Street Hospital] really.”

Life today has become so normal for the girls, Formosa says, that she’s sometimes forgets how special they are. A video profile by Press Association, which can be viewed below, shows the girls going about their vibrant daily lives and getting ready for their first big day at school by testing out their school uniforms. Formosa says Rosie and Ruby are ready to follow in the footsteps of their older sister.

“They are very excited. Their big sister is in school so they can’t wait,” she told the BBC of her adorable daughters. “They’ve met their teacher a few times and they love their teacher. They’re looking forward to painting, anything messy, they love reading. They are very similar, they are very bubbly little girls, they are very headstrong and very determined, which I knew they were from when they were in my belly because of the way they kept growing and surviving.”

Watch the video below that shows Rosie and Ruby and hear Formosa talk about how lucky she feels to have them.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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