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Conjoined Twins Delivered Safely

Britain's youngest ever mother of conjoined twins has safely given birth to her babies.
The 18-year-old from Shropshire who was set to become Britain's youngest ever mother of conjoined twins has now delivered her baby daughters, Hope and Faith.

Laura Williams from Shrewsbury revealed earlier this week that doctors urged her to abort the babies in the early stages of her pregnancy, but she defied medical advice to give birth by caesarean section at University College Hospital in London.

The babies have now been moved to London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, where a medical team is reported to be on standby should the possibility of separating the twins arise.

Mrs Williams and her 28-year-old husband Aled, a bin-man from Anglesey in Wales, discovered they were expecting conjoined twins at their 12-week scan.

Speaking before the birth, Mrs Williams told the Evening Standard: "It has been hard to take it all in and it's scary every single day. I've had all the emotions but I try to think positively.

"We called them Hope and Faith because I'm always hoping everything's going to be all right and mum says she's got faith in it being all right."

Conjoined twins occur in about one in every 400,000 live births and over the past 500 years just over 600 surviving sets of conjoined twins have been recorded.

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