Modern medicine is a wonderful thing! 10-month-old conjoined twins have survived a grueling 26-hour surgery that took six types of physicians to separate them! This is such wonderful news for these little girls!
Doctors at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston can pat themselves on the back for a long time. They have successfully separated two 10-month-old conjoined twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, on Feb. 17 — amazing!
Ten Month Old Conjoined Twins Separated After 26-Hour Surgery
Two 10-month-old twin girls, Knatalye and Adeline, went into surgery on Feb. 17 fused at the chest and abdomen, but after a long 26-hour procedure, left the operating table successfully detached. Truly remarkable!
The surgery was the first time a set of twins conjoined at the chest and abdomen (in this way) had been separated successfully, according to KHOU -TV. The girls shared the same chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis. Wow, that is astonishing!
“This surgery was not without its challenges with the girls sharing several organ systems,” Dr. Darrell Cass, pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Center, told the outlet. “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.”
All of that preparation paid off!
The Long Surgery Was A Team Effort
The procedure called for six different types of physicians. Doctors from pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, urology, liver transplant surgery, orthopedic surgery and pediatric gynecology all came together to work on the two girls. Talk about a team effort!
Of course, Knatalye and Adeline’s parents were beyond grateful to the medical team for their efforts.
“We are so grateful to all the surgeons and everyone who cared for our daughters and gave them the incredible chance to live separate lives,” the twins’ mother, Elysse Mata, told KHOU. “We know how much planning and time went into this surgery and we are so blessed to be at a place like Texas Children’s where we have access to the surgeons and caretakers that have made this dream a reality.”
We hope both girls continue to remain healthy and get to enjoy long and happy lives!
— Brittany King