ATLANTA, Ga. - The father of conjoined twin boys born Friday at Northside Hospital says the boys are doing “okay.” Michael Hamby is asking for prayers for his sons, Asa and Eli.
We spoke to an obstetrician gynecologist who says the boys face a tough road ahead.
Their father is just waiting to find out what happens next.
“I'm standing out here in the hallway at Egleston outside the NICU,” Hamby said in a video post on the twins Facebook page Friday morning.
Hamby has been updating the family’s supporters through the page for months.
“The boys are doing ok. They're sleepy. They do have them intubated but they've got good color,” said Michael Hamby.
Robin Hamby gave birth to Asa and Eli Thursday. The boys now at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
The boys share a torso, arms and legs. Because they also share a heart and circulatory system, doctors say separation is not an option.
“Given the severity of the boys and what's going on with their little bodies, anything still can happen. We need your prayers,” Michael Hamby said in Friday’s post.
Dr. Melissa Counihan says conjoined twins happen in one in every 200,000 births. Instances where they share critical organs are even rarer.
“Certainly they're facing a long road ahead for these babies,” said Counihan. “They will probably have multiple surgeries ahead of them, which, of course, each and every one will put them at increased risk for developing infections from blood loss.”
Michael Hamby said his wife, Robin, is doing well. He added that he's been overwhelmed with all the text and Facebook messages and promised to do his best to keep everyone updated.