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Conjoined Twins Recovering After Separation Surgery

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

A set of 8-month-old twin girls who were conjoined at the chest, sharing a diaphragm, pericardium, and liver, are recovering after major surgery to separate them.  From NBC News:

“Both Allison and Amelia are doing well, and we expect them both to enjoy full, healthy and independent lives,” said Dr. Holly L. Hedrick, the pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgeon who led the 40-member multidisciplinary team that carried out the complex separation early last month. It was the 21st time that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has separated a pair of conjoined twins.

Allison is home with her parents now, while Amelia remains in the hospital.

“The separation was successful because of the bravery of the family and the team,” Hedrick said Thursday. ”I’m convinced that Allison, the smaller twin, is the tougher one. She was the first to have her drainage tube removed and first to be discharged. Amelia also tough but a little more laid back. She’s the larger twin but she’s had a more challenging recovery. But she’s improving every day.”

The sisters love being held and love being together, their mother said.

“Once they are held they are happy. When they get together they are totally different babies. You can tell they are happy and relieved to be with their sister,” Shellie Tucker said. She seemed to agree with Hedrick’s take on her daughters’ personalities: “Allison is the feisty one, like her brother… kind of loud. Amelia is laid back, very serious. But once she relaxes she welcomes you with smiles every time.”

Image: Surgeons, via Shutterstock

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Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated in 13-Hour Operation

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Conjoined twins who were attached at the pelvis and lower spine were successfully separated in a 13-hour operation that was, UPI reports, “the most complex procedure every performed in the history” of the Memphis children’s hospital where it took place. From the UPI report:

Joshua and Jacob Spates of Memphis, though joined at the lower spine and pelvis, have separate hearts, heads and limbs.

Doctors said the twins have health problems that will require ongoing treatment, but said they hope both will be able to walk with braces.

Conjoined twins are very rare, occurring only in 1 out of every 200,000 live births.

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