In August 1988 twins girls, Eilish and Katie, were born to Mary and Liam Holton of Donadea, Co Kildare. They were joined at the pelvis and the legs and were the subject of several newspaper articles and later a two-part television documentary.
What happened to Katie and Eilish Holton?
When Katie and Eilish Holton were three-and-a-half years old, their parents, Mary and Liam, decided that - despite the risks - the girls had to be surgically separated. Three days after the operation, Katie died. Eilish survived, and has just celebrated her 12th birthday.
What if one conjoined twin dies?
Once the dead twins heart stops, blood stops pumping, the vessels dilate, and the conjoined twin will essentially bleed into the dead twin. If surgeons are there when the [first twin] dies, then its possible to do the surgery and save [the other].
Did Daisy and Violet Hilton have a baby?
Daisy and Violet were fused at the pelvis and shared blood circulation. They were born naturally, with the nurse only realising something was unusual halfway through the birth of the first twin, when she couldnt deliver the baby fully due to an obstruction.