SUCH happy news! Conjoined twins, baby boys Anias & Jadon McDonald, have successfully been separated! The two were joined at the head for 13 months, but after a nearly day-long surgery, which posed many risks, they are reportedly doing well. However, there are still many obstacles ahead. Find out all the incredible details here!
Anias and Jadon McDonald, 13-month-old twins who had been conjoined at the head since birth, were successfully separated on Oct. 14 at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center located in the Bronx, according to CNN. After their initial separation procedure, the two underwent reconstructive surgery.
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The separation process alone reportedly lasted around 16 hours while the surgery to reconstruct their skulls took several MORE hours on top of that, totaling about 22 hours under the knife. “And then there were two,” the boys’ mom, Nicole McDonald, said on Facebook early in the morning on Oct. 14. She continued in a follow-up post, “TWO SEPARATE BABIES!!!…and yet I ache with the uncertainty of the future. I didn’t cry until the surgeon’s left the room. I was barely able to even utter the words ‘thank you’ because of the pit that still sits heavy in my stomach. We are standing on the brink of a vast unknown.”
While the initial surgeries were in fact successful, there is still much healing to be done. “The next few months will be critical in terms of recovery and we will not know for sure how Anias and Jadon are recovering for many weeks,” the concerned mother said online. And we don’t blame her for being scared! After all, their separation surgery could have left one or both of the boys severely disabled or even dead.
But as Nicole acknowledged, she and her family have to take “baby steps.” And right now, she and her husband Christian are overjoyed at how well their sons’ surgery went. Jadon was the first boy to be finished, and he was wheeled out of the operating room at around 7:40 a.m., according to the news outlet. His head was wrapped in gauze as he laid on a stretcher, which was then taken to the pediatric intensive care unit. It was there that he was reunited with his parents.
“My boy,” Christian reportedly said with tears in his eyes. Nicole also allegedly cried as she bent over little Jadon. Talk about a beautiful moment! Anias and Jadon will remain intubated for about a week, according to Nicole, who also created a GoFundMe to raise money for some of the family’s medical costs.
“So we just took a huge leap of faith, but now we are back to taking baby steps,” the mother told her social media followers. “In fact, I’m pretty sure I’m still frozen in space and time…in the smiles of yesterday morning. I’ll be hanging out there until I see those smiles again.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — are you amazed at how Anias and Jadon were able to be separated?