It’s often referred to as the most complicated and dangerous surgery ever attempted. It makes sense, considering the lives involved (yes, you read the word “lives” correctly), the complexities of the endgame (turning one into two) and the inter-connectivity between the patients. Indeed, conjoined twins are a challenge for both doctors and parents alike.
For the family, the desire to have both of their children alive, healthy, and capable of an existence outside the other is paramount. It’s what they hoped for when the pregnancy test said “positive.” But when faced with a daunting task of taking two intertwined bodies and separating them, surgeons have to take into consideration shared organs, blood flow, nerves, skeletal structure, and the possibility that one child will survive while the other does not.
For Jadon and Anais McDonald, The Big Day Has Finally Arrived
Their Mother Makes Sure They Are Safe And Happy
So with the news earlier that twin boys Jadon and Anias McDonald have been successfully separated, we once again marvel at modern medicine. The surgery took a staggering 16 hours to complete, which makes sense when you consider that the boys were joined at the skull. Such an operation not only involved dealing with elements of the brain that were connected, but creating skulls for each child as well.
The Family Prepares For The Surgery
According to CNN, Jadon was the first one out of the operating theater. His brother remained behind, his condition requiring additional attention. Parents Nicole and Christian McDonald are just grateful for what the staff is doing. The wait has been intense since the boys had to be old enough to endure the procedure.
Doctors Are Using 3D Models To Help With The Surgery