Conjoined twins successfully separated in ‘first-of-its-kind’ surgery

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HOUSTON, TX  – Two 10 month old girls born conjoined, are now separated after a very delicate surgery and miracle procedure. It was performed by the doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata will live separate lives in separate bodies. It’s is a victory for them and the entire medical field.

Last Tuesday the girls team of: 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses, worked to separate the girls who shared a chest wall, lungs, diaphragm, intestines, and pelvis.

Monday morning, for the first time, doctors confidently declare a surgery of this magnitude a success. Before now the doctors never let on just how much was on the line.

“We had some challenges there we had to work through but thanks to Dr. Mackenzie our pediatric heart surgeon things are looking good now.” said Darrell Lorne Cass, MD of Texas Children’s Hospital.

During the complex surgery, the team worked for approximately 23 hours on Knatalye and 26 hours on Adeline with the official separation occurring approximately 18 hours into the surgery.

It is anticipated they will undergo additional surgeries in the future. But, for now the family is just happy to keep reliving the moment they found out they finally had two baby girls.

The girls will remain at Texas Children’s under the care of a team of specialists for the next few months. They turn 1 year old in April and have never left the hospital. For more information about the twins, visit their Facebook page or their GoFundMe page to support the family. 

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By: Haley Hernandez