SIAMESE TWINS' DAD WISHES 'EM DEAD
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) March 9, 1950
Erikine Smith, father of girl "Siamese Twins"
born Saturday with the tops of their heads
joined, said he "Would rather have seen them die
at birth than grow up like they are."
Erskine, a timberman and father of five other
children, told reporters he had seen the twins
in the hospital at Wynyard town, Tasmania, where
they were born.
"It was a frightful shock," he said.
Dr John Starr, who delivered the twins, said
they were perfectly healthy and the rest of
their bodies were normal. He added however,
that it would be "practically impossible to
"I cannot see that they can be severed and
remain alive," he declared.
The babies are joined head to head at the top of
the skull "as if the stood one head first on the
other," the doctor explained.
The father said he hoped to take the twins to
Melbourne or Sydney for possible treatment.
"If just one of them could be saved without
anything happening I would like it." the father
A matron at the hospital said Mrs. Smith saw her
babies for the second time yesterday.
"She said they were very beautiful," the matron
said. "The mother is still shocked, and finds it
hard to realize they are her children."
The twins are taking nourishment well, she said,
and appeared content.
The matron added that special attention-far
beyond the means of the Smiths-would be needed
to bring up the twins.
Father Would Rather See Siamese Twins Die Early
Times Thursday March 9, 1950
"I would rather have , seen them die at birth
than grow up as they are now." said Mr. Er-
skine Smith, today.
Mr. Smith is father of the Siamese twins horn on
The twin girls were born to Mrs. Erskine Smith
and are joined at the head.
Mr. Smith said he first knew of the twins when
he phoned the hospital on Sunday morning and was
told that they were born at 9 p.m.
"I went to the hospital to see them and got a
frightful shock to see them with their heads,
locked together," added Mr. Smith.
Mr. Smith said that he and his wife had already
chosen the names of Doreen Rose and Lexie for
Mr, Smith added there were
five other children alive-three boys and "two
girls, the youngest girl being born in 1948.
In 1946, his wife had twins but they had since
Mr. Smith said his wife did not want to take the
twins home as they were, but wanted to send them
to Melbourne or Sydney for specialized
Mrs. Smith said, "Already a woman has been in
touch with the hospital and asked could she
adopt my babies.
"I am sure this woman wants
to put them on show and I would never allow
that," added Mrs.
Although an X-ray of the common head had not
been taken, it is believed that the twins have
only one brain, which functions for each.
The twins' condition to-day was reported to be