Conjoined Twins Separated In Texas [+PHOTOS] 10-Month Old Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated After Laborious 26-Hour Surgery!
Feb 24, 2015 02:33 AM EST | By Arlene Cruz
Conjoined twins separated in Texas were regarded as a medical breakthrough when doctors successfully operated the twins, who share the same lining of the heart, abdomen, pelvis, intestines, liver, and diaphragm.
The medical team in Texas hospital finished the successful procedure after 26 hours on Feb. 17.
Conjoined twins separated in Texas were 10-month old, Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata. 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses worked hand-in-hand to separate the conjoined twins who were born on April 2014, Reuters reports.
The intricate procedure done in Texas Children's Hospital in Houston took 26 hours to complete. It called for team of experts including pediatric, orthopedic, urological, gynecological, cardiac, and plastic surgery specialists, and doctors, according to New York Daily News.
"This surgery was not without its challenges with the girls sharing several organ systems," Dr. Darrell Cass, a pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children's Fetal Center said. "Our team has been preparing for this surgery for months, and we've done everything from working with our radiology experts to build a 3-D model of their organs, to conducting simulations of the actual separation surgery."
The conjoined twins separated in Texas made headlines since they were born last year. Elysse Mata, the mother of the conjoined twins separated in Texas was out-of-words when she received the good news of their successful operation.
She stated that she want them to have a shot at having a normal life and she's looking forward of just going home and dressing them in tutus and bows and pink and purple and ribbon.
The University Of Maryland Medical Center reports that conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births. Their chances of survival is very low where only 5 to 25 percent lives, 40 to 60 percent are stillborn and about 35 percent survive the same day.
The conjoined twins separated in Texas are considered as a breakthrough and a miracle at the same time as separating conjoined twins is very risky and delicate. Although there were numbers of separation procedure in the past, there was only one twin who survived since 1950.
One of the successful separation procedures in the past was that of the conjoined twins who were born with the same chest and abdomen. The two-year-old girls named Angelica and Angelina Sabuco had their successful 10-hour surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
The parents of the conjoined twins separated in Texas were the happiest people on earth seeing their little angels living normal life. To follow the story of Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata, you can visit their facebook page at Helping Faith & Hope Community.