14/08/2014 12:49 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Woman Gives Birth Naturally To Conjoined Twins

Woman gives birth naturally to conjoined twins

An Indian woman has given birth to conjoined twins naturally, without medical help.

Shalu Pawar gave birth to her twins - who are joined at the bottom half of their torso - at home in the Panvel, Raigad District.

It is reported that Shalu's husband Arun doesn't earn enough money to pay for hospital treatment. The couple are also unable to afford to pay for an operation to separate the twins.

Conjoined twins occur in around one in every 400,000 live births and are normally born by planned Caesarean with medical help and support.

In 2012 we reported on the successful separation of conjoined twins Aradhana and Stuti Yadav. The 11-month-old girls had fused livers and two hearts joined by a common membrane, and had been dumped in a hospital hours after their birth in India.

Their successful operation was paid for by public donations.