Conjoined twins connected at the head were successfully separated at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania.
The ten-months-old twins, Erin and Abby Delaney, underwent an 11 hours surgery led by doctors Gregory Heuer and Jess Taylor, together with 30 medical staffs. The twins could finally lie side by side on separate beds.
“Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome,” Jesse said in a press release by the hospital.
“During the separation surgery, our team first meticulously separated the infants’ shared blood vessels and dura, the tough protective membrane surrounding both brains, then moved on to separate the sagittal sinus, the most difficult portion of the operation,” he explained the surgery process.
“Finally, we divided our team into two halves, one for each of the girls, and finished the reconstruction portion of the surgery,” he said.
The twins’ parents, Heather and Riley, first learned that they were having conjoined twins about 11 weeks into the pregnancy. But it was too early to confirm if the twins can undergo separation surgery.
The parents were recommended by their specialist to go for an evaluation at the week 19 pregnancy. The hospital recommended Heather to stay at the hospital’s Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) for her remaining weeks of pregnancy. The babies were later delivered ten weeks premature by Caesarean section on July 26, 2016.
They are expected to undergo more surgeries but for the parents, they were overjoyed to be able to bring their babies home later this year.
“When we go home, it’s going to be a big party. Welcome home, baby shower, first birthday,” Heather said.