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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Conjoined for Life

Chang and Eng Bunker  (Public Domain)
Marriage vows often speak of lifelong intimacy.  Genesis 2:24 states that the spouses “become one flesh,” and Mark 10:9 adds “what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Symbolically then, marital partners become conjoined twins:  two distinct beings who share “one flesh."  The  International Business Times reports that Carmen and Lupita Andrade “were born sharing their ribs, circulatory, digestive and reproductive systems.”

At age 16, they now have the opportunity to undergo a surgery that could separate them.  However, this procedure could
instead “result in their death.”

The Andrade twins therefore opted out.  Lupita stated:  We're  just going to live out life and that’s it.  Although medical predictions concerning longevity are dire in such cases, Ronne and Donnie Galyon, at age 66, are currently “the oldest living conjoined twins on record.”


Copyright April 25, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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