Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Twins Conjoined At Chest Successfully Separated For The First Time in History
Conjoined twins who were connected at the chest and abdomen have been separated after a 26-hour surgical operation that had never been successfully attempted before now. Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born in Texas last April and were welcomed by parents Elysse and John Eric.
The parents were told that their twin girls would be conjoined and when they were born it was found their shared the same chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.
A team of more than 26 clinicians, including 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses who assembled at the Texas Children's Hospital operated to separate the 10-month-olds.
The 26-hour surgery was the first time twins conjoined at the chest and abdomen in this way had been separated successfully.
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