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Conjoined Twins, Attached At The Spine, Are Separated After A 13-Hour Surgery!

Wed, September 14, 2011 2:47pm EDT by Add first Comment

After an extremely risky surgery, doctors in Memphis successfully separated 8-month-old conjoined twins Joshua and Jacob Spates, who were connected at the pelvis and lower spine. Absolutely incredible!

They say twins share a connection, but 8-month-old Joshua and Jacob Spates truly WERE connected! But thanks to surgeons at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, the boys are no longer conjoined and are beating all of the odds!

Joshua and Jacob were so-called pygopagus twins, a particularly rare form of conjoined twins in which the bodies are joined back to back at the pelvis and lower spine. The boys shared a rectum, muscles, and nerves, but have their own hearts, heads, and limbs.

The 13-hour surgery performed to separate them on Aug. 29 was very risky, but successful. As of today, Sept. 14, the boys remain in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, where they’re recuperating and being treated for a variety of medical problems.

Keep in mind, just because they’re separated doesn’t mean they’re completely out of the woods. They will have months of recovery and will be looked after carefully over the next few crucial weeks. But, we’re thrilled to hear the boys are thriving!

–Leigh Blickley

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