The conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have been successfully separated after a surgical intervention which lasted 21 hours. Over 50 medical professionals took part in the conjoined twin separation procedure which was performed at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The twins are now recovering from the surgery, and the doctors declared that they are responding well to treatment.
Laurilin Celadilla Marte, the mother of the conjoined twins, declared in a press interview that she felt an overwhelming wave of relief when the doctors came out of the surgery with a big smile on their faces. She knew right away that the ordeal was over and that her children can live a normal and healthy life.
The conjoined twin separation surgery performed at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in New York lasted 21 hours. Furthermore, it took the combined effort of over 50 surgeons, medical specialists, and assistants in order to separate the children.
According to the doctors, the twins were connected by a bone at the base of their spines. Before performing the separation surgery, the team had to perform several minor surgical interventions in order to increase the main intervention’s rate of success.
It would seem that the team has not encountered any issues during the marathon surgery and the children are now recovering. As for their prognosis, the doctors said that their vital are normal and that they foresee no complications during their recovery.
The successfully conjoined twin separation procedure performed at the Valhalla hospital follows a long line of similar surgeries performed since the early ‘50s. Chronologically speaking, the first successful conjoined twin separation surgery was performed in 1955 by the eminent neurosurgeon Dr. Harold Voris and his team.
The operation was performed at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, and the patients were two newborns connected at the base of the head. After the intervention, Voris’s team monitored the girls’ well-being for the next decade. Although one of them grew up to be a healthy and normal adult, the other twin experienced minor cognitive impairments as a result of the surgery.
Probably the most tragic case involving conjoining twins is of Laleh and Ladan Bijani from Iran. The twins were also conjoined at the base of the skull. However, during the surgery, the doctors discovered that they shared a large brain vein, resulting in their untimely death shortly after the surgery.
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