Twins Joined At The Head Are Successfully Separated
We're hoping recovery goes as smoothly as possible for these two.
Twins Jadon and Anias McDonald are 13 months old, and they are also the cutest little guys you’d ever want to see.
The problem was that they were born joined at the head. On October 12, they went into surgery at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, and 20 hours later, they were successfully separated by Dr. James Goodrich and a team of 40 doctors, nurses and assistants.
Here’s an interview CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta did prior to the operation:
The two were born on September 9, 2015. Their (now-previous) condition is known as “craniopagus twins,” and the twins’ mother, Nicole McDonald, located Dr. Goodrich, who had done the procedure successfully back in 2004. TODAY says “craniopagus twins are rare, accounting for one out of every 2.5 million births but almost half, 40 percent, are still births.”
On her Facebook page, Nicole wrote:
Finally reunited. How surreal. I now realize that I always saw you as separate because seeing you like this is really nothing different to me. When I stand at your bedside, Jadon, it’s almost as if Anias is still there. Anias, when I leaned over you I protected my hair from Jadon. But the view is still the same. This is how I always saw you. I love you so much. Now it’s time to step forward into the new chapter of our life. I’m ready to fight and I know you are too. Thank you, Dr. Goodrich, Dr. Tepper, Kamilah, Martine, Dr. Kahana, Dr. Mann and everyone else at Montefiore. Your hands performed a miracle today. We love you.
The surgery cost $2.5 million- a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with costs.
“I can’t wait to put them beside each other,” their father, Christian, told CNN. “To be honest, I’m just so excited and anxious to see that moment. That’s going to be a great day.”
And here’s Gupta’s report at the operation’s conclusion!
Blessings to all involved, and “happy re-birthday!” to these two little boys.