Police have been called in to investigate after 4-month-old twins, a boy and girl, were admitted to the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, on Tuesday with multiple bone fractures.
The twins' parents, both residents of Ramat Gan, deny any accusations of wrongdoing, including child abuse. The father is 37 and the wife 32. They have no criminal records and are not known to social welfare authorities. The twins are their only children.
In light of the particularly serious fractures from which the boy is suffering, hospital officials contacted the police. The boy is in critical condition and doctors are fighting to save his life.
A doctor at Sheba said the boy is suffering from rib fractures and injury to body organs, some of which are the result of resuscitation efforts. The boy's sister is in stable condition. The twins' parents are with them at the hospital.
Medical officials are exploring three possible explanations for the cases.
One is that their condition is the result of infection. A second is that it is from a hereditary disease, such as Osteogenesis imperfecta, sometimes called brittle bone disease, which is characterized by bone fractures and low bone density. The third avenue being considered is that the children sustained physical trauma.
The police team investigating the events will be receiving medical findings on Sunday. These are expected to determine the direction of the case.
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