Conjoined Twins: Emberson

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Conjoined Twins: Emberson Gender: F
Emberson, Faith and Hope
born on 2 May 2000 at 09:00 (= 09:00 AM )
Place Auckland, New Zealand, 36s52, 174e46
Timezone NZT h12e (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 11°46' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°22 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 04°58'


New Zealand conjoined twins, sharing one heart and lungs, were delivered by caesarean section at 37 weeks. Wairoa couple Bruce and Denise Emberson hoped for a miracle in the face of doctors' doubts that the girls would be born alive. The couple had been advised to terminate the pregnancy. Mrs. Emberson, aged 34, has said she saw it as her responsibility to have the girls. The parents have signed an exclusive deal with TV3's 20/20 programme.

The Embersons, who have two other daughters - Sandy, who is 11, and Kirsty-Jane, 9 - hoped to travel overseas for surgery for the twins. The complicated surgery to separate the twins would involve a heart transplant for one and their own government help to pay for such surgery is unlikely because of the very small likelihood of success.

Faith and Hope were laying together as if hugging one another. On the third day, the babies died on 5/05/2000, 06:00 AM NZST.

Siamese twins occur once in every 100,000 births. Faith and Hope are only the fifth set born in New Zealand, and just the third to survive birth.


  • Death, Cause unspecified 5 May 2000 at 06:00 AM in Auckland, New Zealand (Age almost three days)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes the local news for "morning."


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third-fourth of four, all girls)
  • Personal : Birth : Cesarean
  • Personal : Birth : Conjoined twins (Sharing upper torso, one heart and lungs)
  • Personal : Birth : Unusual circumstances (Fifth set in New Zealand history)