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Two conjoined twins attached together at the head were successfully separated by a team of forty medical experts at a New York hospital on Friday. Reports state that the surgical procedure went on four around 20 hours.
The conjoined twins, two 13-month-old boys Jadon and Anias were recovering well after the surgery which ended at two in the morning, according to the officials at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
However, officials said that both the boys will require a long time to recover followed by rehabilitation.
After the first twin’ surgery, their mother, Nicole McDonald posted a picture of her first son on Facebook and said that the atmosphere in the hospital was of “celebration mixed with uncertainty.”
She posted the picture of her first twin while the other was still in surgery. McDonald said that the first twin fared better than the second one during the surgical procedure. She also added that the doctors have said that the second twin, Anias, may not be able to move a part of his body during the initial stages of recovery.
She wrote on Facebook, “TWO SEPARATE BABIES!!!…and yet I ache with the uncertainty of the future. I didn’t cry until the surgeons 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. 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 medical team which performed the surgery included a team of experts from , neuroradiology, neurosurgery, of nursing, anesthesiology and plastic surgery. The team was led by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. James Goodrich and plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Oren Tepper, CBC reported.
Releasing a statement on the success of the surgery, the hospital said, “The entire Montefiore community is grateful for the trust the family has put in our dedicated and pioneering team.”