Parents of conjoined twins say no to separation

INDIANA, Pa. - Pennsylvania parents of conjoined twins have decided not to pursue the surgery to separate their babies.

“The best thing is to keep them together,” their mother, Michelle Van Horne, told ABC News. “They were born together they can stay together. It would hurt to lose one and have the other.”

Andrew and Garette Stancombe were born two weeks ago in Indiana, Pa., joined from the breastbone to the waist. Doctors said separating them would be too risky because they share a heart and a liver.

“Losing them isn’t an option,” Van Horne said.

Van Horne said her favorite thing about her babies is “just spending time with them.” Her biggest fear is losing them.

“We’re grateful they have been able to survive this long and they’re both going strong,” said the twins' father, Kody Stancombe.

According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, conjoined twins occur once for every 50,000 to 60,000 births and about 75 percent of conjoined twins are joined at the chest.