A Filipino family is desperately trying to raise funds to pay for an operation to separate conjoined twin girls attached at the forehead.
Twin girls Chiara and Charina Nortega are attached at the
“I am contacting friends, family and even strangers seeking help for my daughters.
"I am hopeful that somebody in some other corner of the world would hear our plea and come forward to help.”
The twins have three siblings who are all healthy, and the girls attend a special needs school.
Chiara, who was born with cleft lips, cannot speak so Charina interprets for her.
Their proud mum added: “Charina is a good student, she is very eager to learn, attentive and her favorite subject is mathematics.
“Both love listening to stories.
“They love drawing. Life is difficult for the twins, but I wanted to raise them like normal kids.
“My husband and I have raised the girls with extra love, care, and attention.”
She is hoping for a miracle, after medics who told her during pregnancy that the babies would be stillborn were proved wrong.
Sonia said: “At that time also, the doctors had told me that my child won’t be able to survive.
The doctors at Medicare Hospital had pronounced the twins stillborn and refused to perform a C-section at their facility.
“Much to the surprise of the doctors and my husband, we were gifted with twins.
“But deep inside a mother’s instinct, I knew that my baby was moving inside my womb and it certainly has a life.
“The motherly instinct tells me that my girls will survive the separation if we manage to raise funds for their treatment.”