14/08/2014 12:56 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Conjoined Twin Baby Girls Abandoned At Orphanage In China

Conjoined baby girls abandoned at orphanage in China

Conjoined twin baby girls who are connected by their abdomens and lie face-to-face have been abandoned at an orphanage in China.

It is believed their parents could not afford to care for the girls, who are only about three months old.

They are awaiting specialist treatment in Beijing where it is hoped they can be separated.

The girls were handed to the organisation in Pingdingshan City, Henan Province, on August 11 and have since been named Zheng Hanjing and Zheng Hanwei.

Conjoined baby girls abandoned at orphanage in China

Hanjing and Hanwei have been transferred to a children's home in Beijing while they await a variety of tests to determine if they share any vital organs.

They are being cared for by Mercy Corps children's home and staff member Deng Zhixin said that from 140 rescued children, this was their first case of conjoined twins.

She told Chinese news site