SEVEN-MONTH-OLD MALE SIAMESE TWINS, JOINED AT HIPS ARE  FED BY A WET NURSE IN A SHANGHAI SIDESHOW WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN SEEN  BY 50,000 PEOPLE

 


SIAMESE TWINS


Freak children, abandoned to die, are saved for a Shanghai sideshow

Seven months ago in China the wife of a Chunking farmer gave birth to male Siamese twins who had a normal number of heads, arms and legs but were joined together at the hips.  The monstrous birth was regard as a bad omen so the twins were abandoned to die in a village dump, Next day, how over, their mother relented and took them back.

News about the children spread and a doctor tried unsuccessfully to purchase them and then to kidnap them.  A foster father appeared, took the babies and put them on exhibition with a wet nurse as a sideshow to a Shanghai flea circus.  There passerby paid 10,000,000 Chinese dollars (about $1,000 in American money) to see them. These children like the first famous Siamese twins, Chang and Eng, exhibited by Barnum in the 19th Century, seemed healthy.  But medical men gave them slight chance to survive, with or without surgery to separate them.  Most Siamese twins the shortly after birth and only one set in thousands lives to maturity.

 


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