Conjoined twins were delivered earlier this month at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, according to CNN affiliate Fox 19 in Cincinnati.
The babies, Elijah and Isaac, were born Sept. 5 to Heather and Jason Kroeger of North Carolina.
"When we found out my wife was pregnant there was an ultra sound done early on at that point we were under the impression we had one baby and we went back there was another ultra sound and at that point we realized we had two babies,” Jason Kroeger told Fox 19. "There's that initial shock and a lot goes through your head but pretty quickly we came to the realization that these are our boys and we gotta do what we can for them."
Fox 19 cites a Go Fund Me page for the family, stating it was after the couple’s first trimester they discovered the twins were conjoined.
Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births, according to University of Maryland Medical Center.
“Approximately 40 to 60 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and about 35 percent survive only one day. The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is somewhere between 5 percent and 25 percent,” according to University of Maryland Medical Center.