What might appear in history as Liberia’s first Siamese twins birth occurred last Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Joana Maternity Clinic situated on Center Street, South Beach in Monrovia. Born by a Fula Woman who resides on Newport Street, Monrovia, the Siamese twin’s photo above did not live for a later over 24 hours due to what others term as the lack of the proper medical facility to stimulate their growth and subsequently keep them alive.
In the sixteenth century, the French surgeon Ambroise Pare, believing that Siamese Twins otherwise known as conjoined twinswere “contrary to the common decree and order of nature” struggled to determine the cause of conjoined twins.
Although many of his explanations were superstitious (God’s anger, the Devil’s influence, God’s desire to show power, and the influence of what a pregnant woman saw were all listed as possible explanations). Pare also attributed conjoined twins to several types of constrictions, including too tight a womb, tight clothes, and the manner in which a woman sat while pregnant. These early theories were reflected in those of scientists two centuries later who suggested that conjoined twins resulted from the blending of two initially independent twin embryos or from the fertilization of one egg by two sperms.