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Inseparable sisters. What 7-year-old Siamese twins from Senegal look like now, having been given only a few days to live

How Siamese twins look like, whose life doctors did not believe in

The Siamese twins Marieme and Ndeye from Senegal were given only a few days to live by doctors, but the girls proved to everyone that they are not weak in spirit. The seven-year-olds have different brains, hearts and lungs, but share a liver, bladder, digestive system and three kidneys.

Their single father Ibrahima moved with his daughters from Senegal to the UK when they were just 7 months old. Today, Marieme and Ndeye go to primary school and even have friends. The biggest challenge for them is finding clothes because of their unusual body shape, as their father told the BBC's Inseparable Sisters.

"They have two legs, so they can have regular pants, but their hips are very wide, so we have to take them to an alternative clothing store," the man explained the problem with clothing.

Inseparable sisters. What 7-year-old Siamese twins from Senegal look like now, having been given only a few days to live

Another challenge the twins constantly face is the process of learning to stand and walk. Ibrahima said that now Marieme and Ndeye can stand for about 20 minutes a day thanks to a special frame.

He dreams that the girls will have a normal life where they can play with other children, make friends and develop as individuals. "They have achieved something no one thought possible," Ibrahima said.

In 2016, some time after the twins were born, doctors assured their parents that the babies would survive only after separation. To perform such an extremely difficult operation, they turned to specialists from around the world, but all of them refused. Later, the family ended up in the UK, but even there, doctors advised against separating the Siamese twins because of their disappointing tests.

Inseparable sisters. What 7-year-old Siamese twins from Senegal look like now, having been given only a few days to live

By then, Ibrahima had been fired from his job and his wife had returned to Senegal, he told People magazine. "It was a choice between my life in Senegal or providing the girls with the medical care they needed to survive," he explained.

The twins need constant supervision so that, for example, they do not accidentally strangle each other. But as long as they are small, they can easily get along, even though they have different personalities: Ndeye is a more social child, and Mariia is the opposite.

Inseparable sisters. What 7-year-old Siamese twins from Senegal look like now, having been given only a few days to live

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