A mother from North Carolina delivered two girls around ten months ago. The babies are healthy and happy, and their only difficulty was being conjoined at the level of their heads. This is an extremely rare situation, yet a certain team of surgeons wanted to offer the twins a simpler life. Therefore, they underwent months of preparations until they were ready for a rare surgery. The operation lasted 11 hours, but the result was a success.
An Embryo That Doesn’t Split Entirely Results in Conjoined Identical Twins
Last week, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia hosted a one of a kind operation. Surgeons of different specialties decided to collaborate on a rare joint surgery to separate two conjoined babies. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this situation can appear only under extraordinary conditions.
Mothers can have identical twins when an embryo divides into two halves. However, the embryo might not split entirely. In these cases, the identical twins remain connected. Statistics show that this condition is extremely rare with only one case in 200,000 births. On top of that, craniopagus twins, those conjoined at the head, represent only 2% of such cases.
The Rare Surgery Case Needed 30 Specialists
As the connection is located in a vital part of the body, the surgery represented a high-risk operation. The procedure needs the help of plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons, critical-care physicians, and anesthesiologists to carry on its numerous tasks. The most sensitive challenge is to separate the veins vital for the brain. On top of that, twins don’t get the same quality of veins.
After the successful rare surgery that needed the help from 30 specialists, the twins are now in medical care. However, they are not safe yet. The recovery period might require further surgeries. On the other hand, their case has few complications which means that the two sisters will get to return home by the end of this year.
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