It can be stressful and worrisome for expecting parents when they find out that there are complications with their unborn child/children, and the only thing they can do is hope for a miracle.
Meet Amanda And James
Amanda Arciniega and James Finley gave birth to twin sisters named AmieLynn Finley and JamieLynn Finley, a conjoined twin from the chest down.
How They Found Out
The couple went home sad and perplexed when they found out during the 10-week ultrasound that their babies were conjoined. They were both silent on their drive back home and were just thinking “why them”.
Thankfully, AmieLynn and JamieLynn were born and bravely survived the first four months of their lives, and although they had to spend the first months of their lives in the NICU, the whole family was looking forward to getting them separated eventually.
A Rare Case
The doctors affirm that the twin sisters’ case is special. Jose Iglesias, medical director of pediatric surgery at Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, said, “As far as conjoined twins that reach and stay viable after birth, at least for the first few days, there’s really only about five to eight of those per year on the entire planet, so it is very rare.”
The Big Day
The moment they’d all been waiting for finally came. A large group of doctors and nurses composed of four pediatric surgeons, three anesthesiologists, and two plastic surgeons came together to perform AmieLynn and JamieLynn’s separation surgery.
A Long Surgery
The staff prepped the twins and the whole surgery room for more than four hours before the doctors performed the incision. Amanda and James, along with other family members, spent eight long hours in the waiting room before they got the good news.
A Successful Operation
Amanda and James gave each other an emotional hug after hearing the great news that their babies were safe and were each in their own separate beds.
The babies still have to stay in the NICU for now as the medical staff still needs to monitor their recovery. Although it will most likely take more surgeries to make sure they are functioning perfectly, their parents and families were thankful to God and the whole medical staff for taking such good care of their little ones.
Watch the documentation of the first conjoined twins’ separation surgery at the Cook Children’s Hospital in the video below.
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