Home Health Parents News Now Conjoined Twins Recovering After Separation Surgery Conjoined Twins Recovering After Separation Surgery By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 26, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_55086001 30096 "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 By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Conjoined Twins Recovering After Separation Surgery Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.