Incredible: Twins Conjoined at the Head See Each Other for the First Time After Historic 27-Hour Surgery
Two young conjoined twins have have looked at each other for the first time since being born 13 months ago conjoined at the head.
Jadon and Anias McDonald been successfully separated with the fastest recovery time for craniopagus twins ever, beating the previous recovery time by 8 weeks. The boys were put through the life-threatening 27-hour operation at Montefiore Hospital in October, and one month later they are making an excellent recovery.
Jadon is already ready to move, showing excellent signs of recovery, but Anias is having more difficulties, as he was ill before the operation he has been catching infections. The surgeon who performed the operation, Dr Philip Goodrich has said he believes Anias will pull through, and he it is good to keep him near to his twin at this time.
‘Separating the two is probably not a good idea at this point,’ he told CNN.
Parents Nicole and 37-year-old Christian insisted the boys were perfect as they were, but ultimately they had to make the heartbreaking decision to separate them if the boys were going to lead a normal life. They took the boys to the Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx,
New York to have the $2.5million operation. Nicole said before the operation ‘This is so hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat it,’
Craniopagus twins’ only occur every 2.5 million births, and it is rare that they made it to 13 months, with sadly around 40 per cent of this type of conjoined twin being stillborn, and of those that survive birth, one third will die withing 24 hours. Although doctors have predicted Anias will pull through, he has been slower to recover and still has to breath through his tube. He suffered from seizures before after the operation but doctors have given him medicine to stop them.
Nicole described the moment she could see one of sons on their own:
‘For over 13 months, I’ve dreamed of this moment,’ Mrs McDonald wrote. ‘I looked down at Jadon’s angelic face and saw him in a way I’d never seen him before. ‘He whimpered for almost the whole two hours I held him because he had just been extubated, had the area under his scalp washed out and had been weaned from the good pain meds. ‘But instead of wrapping my body around him in his bed, I wrapped my arms around him and rocked. One of the most profound moments of my life.’
The operation was carried out by Goodrich, a neurosurgeon who specializes in separating conjoined twins at the head and plastic surgeon Dr Oren Tepper was also present to oversee reconstruction of the boy’s heads after the operation.
The surgery was planned in 3d for months before being performed.
Incredible moment twins conjoined at the head look at each other for the…
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