Twins joined at the head separated


Their parents, 31-year-old Nicole and 37-year-old Christian, insist the boys are ideal as they are.

The mother of the conjoined twins who were surgically separated in a grueling 16-hour surgery posted a lengthy, heartfelt thank you online Saturday, giving praise to the "true heroes" of the story - doctors and other medical professionals, friends and family members, and lastly, to God. Fast forward to October, the babies have undergone their final surgery, but their most hard.

Their mother, Nicole McDonald, posted a picture of the first twin on Facebook while the second was still undergoing surgery. She said Anias was still undergoing surgery to reconstruct his skull and make it whole. His blood pressure and heart rate dropped with each cut, but stabilized after being the boys were fully separated and he is now on medication to keep this blood pressure stable.

Doctors in the Bronx successfully separated Anias and Jadon McDonald early Friday, following about a almost daylong surgical procedure. His vitals were also stable.

During the operation, surgeons found a five-by-seven centimeter area of brain tissue with no clear line of dissection.

There's about a one in 2.5 million chance that babies will be born conjoined at the head.

The twins will remain under incubation for around a week, Nicole McDonald said.

Twins joined at the head, called craniopagus twins, are exceedingly rare, occurring in 1 out of every 2.5 million births. McDonald said Dr. James Goodrich, the world's leading surgeon in craniopagus separation, considered this his most hard procedure ever.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers - are you amazed at how Anias and Jadon were able to be separated?

Unfortunately, they can not remain as is either: if they do survive, there is still an 80 percent chance that they would die before the age two.

Despite her feelings of anxiety, Nicole McDonald is optimistic that her sons, now two separate babies, will recover slowly but surely.

But she says the twins, one of whom was still in surgery early that morning, are "definitely not out of the woods by any means". There have been only 59 craniopagus separation surgeries in the world since 1952.

"We are standing on the brink of the great unknown. I'll be hanging out there until I see those smiles again". "I won't be able to put them up on my shoulder and hold them", Nicole wrote before the surgery.



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