|undead||Date: Wednesday, 21-June-2017, 11:58 AM | Message # 1|
|By Lindsey Bever June 14|
Heather Delaney (rear left) and Riley Delaney care for conjoined twin daughters Abby (left) and Erin, who were undergoing treatment to expand skin on their scalps April 17, before their separation surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (Ed Cunicelli/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia via AP)
For the first time, conjoined twins Abby and Erin Delaney can sleep in separate beds.
The 10-month-old girls from North Carolina were born connected at the head, an extremely rare condition. Following months of planning and preparation, the pair underwent a successful 11-hour separation surgery last week at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, according to the hospital.
“Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome,” Jesse Taylor, a plastic surgeon who co-led the operation with neurosurgeon Gregory Heuer, said Tuesday in a statement from the hospital. “Erin and Abby are now recovering in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit under close monitoring by our expert teams.”
With identical twins, an embryo splits in two early in a pregnancy; but with conjoined twins, the embryo does not separate all the way and the twins remain connected, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Conjoined twins are uncommon, occurring once in about every 200,000 births — and craniopagus twins, those who are connected at the head, are the rarest form, accounting for about 2 percent of conjoined twins, according to the medical center.
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