In New York, physicians successfully separated two Siamese twins who have grown together on the heads. The operation of the 13 month old boy lasted 27 hours. Without the operation, the children would have had little life expectancy.
Siamese twins separated in marathon surgery
At the Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, two Siamese twins joined together on the heads after a total of 27 hours of medical interventions. The separation of the two skulls took about 16 hours, according to the news channel CNN.Thereupon further operations were necessary to complete the heads of the two brothers again.
Little life expectancy without surgery
As the mother Nicole McDonald wrote after the surgery on Facebook, the two 13 months old Jadon and Anias had shared an approximately five by seven centimeter large area brain tissue.
According to the data, the parents were faced with a difficult decision because about 80 percent of the head-related Siamese twins die without such an intervention within the first two years of life. In addition, the operation can cause permanent brain damage.
Recovery will take weeks
They decided to the procedure and have not regretted it,"Two separate babies," the mother wrote after the surgery on Facebook."I was hardly able to say the word" thank you "because of the stone still hard in my stomach."
She also commented on her fears: "The next few months will be crucial in terms of recoveryand we will not know for sure how Anias and Jadon are recovering for many weeks. "
The contribution of Nicole McDonald has now been shared more than 10,000 times. In addition, thousands of users of the family expressed their congratulations in likes and commentaries.
Malformation in identical twins
The term "Siamese twins" is used in medicine to describe a malformation in identical twins, by which the children are connected after birth. Experts assume that a pair of Siamese twins come to one million live births. In this case, the connection can only be limited to outer tissue, or else to the inner organs.
In most cases, the incision occurs in the chest area. If the children have all the vital organs, surgery is possible, but the separation of babies from the head is considered very risky.(ad)