Doc­tors suc­cess­fully sep­a­rate twin boys joined at the head

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Forty med­i­cal ex­perts at a New York hospi­tal Fri­day suc­cess­fully sep­a­rated con­joined twins at­tached at the head after a 20-hour pro­ce­dure.

Of­fi­cials at Mon­te­fiore Med­i­cal Cen­ter in the Bronx said the 13-month-old boys, Jadon and Anias McDon­ald, were re­cov­er­ing from the marathon surgery that ended about 2 a.m., hospi­tal of­fi­cials said. The twins have “a long road of re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ahead of them,” they said.

Their mother, Ni­cole McDon­ald, posted a pic­ture of the first twin on Facebook while the sec­ond was still un­der­go­ing surgery. She said the at­mos­phere at the hospi­tal was “one of cel­e­bra­tion mixed with un­cer­tainty.”

She said Jadon did bet­ter than Anias dur­ing the pro­ce­dure, adding that doc­tors pre­dict he may not be able to move part of his body at first. The med­i­cal team in­cluded ex­perts in the fields of nurs­ing, anes­the­si­ol­ogy, neu­ro­ra­di­ol­ogy, neu­ro­surgery, and plas­tic surgery, led by pe­di­atric neu­ro­sur­geon Dr. James Goodrich and plas­tic and re­con­struc­tive sur­geon Dr. Oren Tep­per. In 2004, Goodrich also suc­cess­fully sep­a­rated Carl and Clarence Aguirre and a half dozen other sets of twins from around the world. “The en­tire Mon­te­fiore com­mu­nity is grate­ful for the trust the fam­ily has put in our ded­i­cated and pi­o­neer­ing team,” the hospi­tal said in a state­ment.

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