Family can't have conjoined twin girls cremated because of North Carolina state law

Posted at 3:16 PM, May 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-26 16:20:23-04

(WRAL) A North Carolina state law that says two people can't be cremated at the same time has created a problem for an Apex family.

Twenty weeks into their pregnancy, Daniel and Kristin Christensen's hearts were lifted and broken in nearly the same moment. They were told they were pregnant with twin girls.

"Pretty crazy to find out halfway through that you are expecting two," Kristin Christensen said.

But, then, they were told the pregnancy had a rare complication.

A membrane between their daughters was missing, allowing the girls to become intertwined. 1

Last week, the twins were delivered stillborn.

The couple decided they wanted to cremate their babies, but there was more heartbreaking news.

"They weren't able to separate them, so right now, they are combined," Daniel Christensen said.

A North Carolina law on cremation procedures forbids the cremation of more than one person within the same cremation chamber. The couple says it is medically difficult to tell the two girls apart.

"We want to cremate them, and we don't even have that choice," he said.

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