Twin boys conjoined at the head are finally separate after 20-hour op that veteran surgeon almost stopped half-way through.
A pair of twins conjoined at the head have been successfully separated after a 20-hour operation.
According to Dailymail, Anias and Jadon McDonald, 13 months old, are recovering in the Bronx’s Montefiore Hospital after their life-threatening operation on Thursday.
Half way through the operation, the veteran neurosurgeon considered stopping the procedure altogether when they discovered the boys shared far more brain tissue than they had expected – even despite using 3D imaging to prepare.
With every cut, Anias’ heart rate and blood pressure plummeted.
Eventually he found an opening and continued, successfully separating the two.
However, it means that while Jadon was wheeled out at 7am into the ward, Anias was still in surgery late on Friday morning.
He was finally returned to his family at 1pm on Friday. Doctors warned he could face severe physical issues.
Their parents Nicole and Christian, from near Chicago, Illinois, sat in the waiting room the whole time.
Nicole, 31, took to Facebook on Friday to explain all the details to the thousands of people that have followed the family’s story.
‘The overall atmosphere was one of celebration mixed with uncertainty,’ she explained.
‘Anias really got rocked in this procedure. It really now is up to God in terms of how he recovers.’
She added: ‘I keep picturing Anias smiling behind his right middle finger in his mouth. Twenty four hours ago he was so rambunctious…full of life. God please give me my baby back.’
Describing Jadon’s ordeal, Nicole wrote: ‘Jadon is such a rock star. They said he hardly batted an eye through the whole procedure in terms of maintaining his vitals.
They will now spend 72 hours in intensive care, then months in a rehab center.
According to Dr Goodrich, their speech skills will not be affected, given that he is dealing with the back of the brain, but there is a chance they will struggle with movement.
He told CNN: ‘They have no back control because they’ve never sat up. They’ve never crawled.’
The family has health insurance, which covers a significant amount of the $2.5 million surgery.
However, they are $100,000 short.
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