Thursday, May 15, 2008

Life with my twin

Life with my twin
Category: Writing and Poetry

This poem is inspired by a current news story. I will post both the poem and the news story.

Life with my twin by Rob Hood©5-15-08

I always heard a voice talking to me

but I could not see who was speaking.

The voice babbled to a degree

I thought someone was critiquing

That someone was actually my twin

Who was with me through thick and thin.

It's a shame she isn't alive

I'm sad at birth she didn't survive

The doctors thought she was a tumor

I view this sadly with ill humor.

9-year-old girl's twin is found inside her stomach

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A 9-year-old girl who went to hospital in central Greece suffering from stomach pains was found to be carrying her embryonic twin, doctors said Thursday.

Doctors at Larissa General Hospital examined the girl and surgically removed a growth they later discovered was an embryo more than two inches long.

"They could see on the right side that her belly was swollen, but they couldn't suspect that this tumor would hide an embryo," hospital director Iakovos Brouskelis said.

The girl has made a full recovery, he said.

Andreas Markou, head of the hospital's pediatric department, said the embryo was a formed fetus with a head, hair and eyes, but no brain or umbilical cord.

Markou said cases where one of a set of twins absorbs the other in the womb occurs in one of 500,000 live births.

The girl's family did not want to be identified, hospital officials said.

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