Faith and Hope were born with a rare condition called diprosopus, which means they share the same body and organs but have separate brains and two faces.

Faith and Hope were born with a rare condition called diprosopus, which means they share the same body and organs but have separate brains and two faces.

An Australian woman has miraculously given birth to conjoined twins with one body and two heads despite doctors initially telling them to terminate the pregnancy.

Renee Young and her partner Simon Howie, of Tregear in Sydney’s west, welcomed their daughters on Thursday six weeks before they were due.

The couple, who found out via an ultrasound that the twins they were expecting was in fact one child with two symmetrical faces and two brains connected by the one brain stem, said doctors were shocked by the girls’ exceptional progress, media reports said.

Last month doctors successfully removed additional legs and arms of a baby born in China.