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First Photo: Successfully Separated Conjoined Twin Baby Girls

Thu, December 20, 2012 2:06pm EDT by Add first Comment
Conjoined Twins Separated
Courtesy Of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Separated just in time for Christmas! Allison and Amelia Tucker, who were successfully separated in November after spending eight months conjoined, are spending the holidays in the hospital as they recover from their life-saving surgery.

Nine-month-old twins Allison and Amelia Tucker are living their healthy, separate lives after a successful surgery in November separated their once-conjoined bodies. The twins, along with their parents Shellie and Greg Tucker shared the first photos of their girls from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where they are still recovering.

Although their seven-hour surgery back in November was successful and the girls continue to progress, pediatric surgeon Dr. Holly Hedrick said Amelia, the larger twin, is still in intensive care.

She also said Allison is the smaller, but tougher twin.

Allison and Amelia’s Dangerous Procedure

Before their surgery, Allison and Amelia were conjoined at the lower chest and full abdomen. They also shared some organs: a chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium and liver.

They underwent a 7-hour operation at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania — one of the top team of surgeons in the world who handles separating conjoined twins.

It was the 21st operation of that kind the hospital had done, and it involved a team of 40 medical staff members.

The Prosperous Result

The Tucker twins continue to improve every day at the hospital, and doctors believe they are progressing nicely.

But because none of their shared organs were internal, they are expected to heal safely and go on to live “full, healthy and independent lives,” according to doctors.

Shellie took to her blog to thank doctors and well-wishers on Dec. 19.

“Greg and I are thrilled that our daughters have been given this remarkable gift by the amazing team from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” she wrote. “We are so grateful for the support and encouragement that the medical team, our families and our friends have given us during this long journey.”

We’re so happy for the Tucker family! And hope they continue on this prosperous, healthy journey.

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