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Conjoined twins successfully separated at Philadelphia hospital
by Delbert Hodgins
Allison and Amelia Tucker were a healthy pair of twins from Adams, N.Y. However, what separated these two little girls from their peers was that they were conjoined at the chest, sharing a diaphragm, pericardium and liver.
Their mom, Shelley Tucker, explained that, at first, doctors told her to abort the pregnancy because they would never be successfully separately, The Huffington Post reported. However, Tucker and her husband took a leap of faith and went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where lead surgeon Holly Hendrick, M.D., helped give these two little cuties the potential for a bright and healthy future.
Thanks to a team of 40 surgeons, doctors and medical staff, Allison and Amelia are two separate babies at 8 months old. The doctors from CHOP report that the surgery, which lasted almost seven hours, went very well and the twins are now being monitored at the hospital, CNY Central, a New York new source, reported.
"Like all separations of conjoined twins, this was a very complex surgery, but it went very well and as expected, Allison and Amelia are currently recovering in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit and will be monitored closely by CHOP's expert clinical teams for the duration of their recovery," Hedrick told the news source.
With a little faith, the Tucker family believed in the twins
Tucker explained that part of the reason she decided not to terminate the pregnancy was because she and her husband initially had difficulty conceiving. When she did finally get pregnant and found out that her daughters were conjoined, she knew in the back of her head that her likelihood of having another baby was low.
Tucker's latest blog entry - where she has been updating the girls' progress for her family and friends - was posted soon after the surgery.
"We are beyond exhausted and yet relieved. The girls do have a long recovery. Our next step is to get them healed so we can get them home before Christmas. Please pray we can!" she wrote.
Currently, one out of every 200,000 live births is conjoined twins, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The overall survival rate for these babies is between 5 and 25 percent.
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