In Boston, there were two attached born twins. The twins shared the same heart, and the parents asked for separation. After the separation one twin passed away while the other one thrives. This also occurred again in U.S., Ohio’s Akron General Medical Center.  The parents gave birth to two monoamniotic, “mono mono” identical twins, Jenna and Jillian.  They were holding hands when they were born. They shared the same amniotic sac and placate. This condition only reserves 3 percent of all births. It was a very risky surgery because of their tangled umbilical cord. Six months after the operation was undertaken, they were doing well, but still inseparable.

This is an issue about ethics versus law. Killing Mary to save Jodie or leave this issue in god’s hands was an issue that the parents had faced. Being Roman Catholics, the parents had decided to stop treatment and leave it to god. This was against their religion, as they believed. They believed that if god wants them to live, he will turn this issue into a miracle. If not, he will end their lives. This was their belief, and they left it at that.

The British law had a different perspective. Justice Johnson ruled that Mary should be detached from Jodie, so there is at least a chance of life. As a justification for this decision, it would be explained that leaving them attached Mary would live a hard life due to the lack of oxygen in her blood, which would destroy her brain. Even if she lived attached to Jodie in a matter of 3 to 6 months, then they would die. The best decision would be to stop the delivery of Jodie’s blood to Mary. Although stopping Mary’s only chance of survival from reaching her may seem as an illegal crime, but it is legal in U.S and Britain law under certain circumstances. Three Appeal Court judges decided to save at least one child if there was a chance.

By Rozaline Beshay