pair of conjoined twinsDuring a complicated procedure that marked the first surgery for Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, it took place on Monday.
Infants Amylynn Rose and Jamielynn Ray Finley are “recovering well,” writes hospital officials at Cook Children’s Medical Center. news release Describes what they called a “historic operation.” AmieLynn and her JamieLynn were born prematurely on October 3 at her Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital nearby to parents and her Fort Worth resident Amanda Arciniega and her James Finley.
At birth, the twins were joined along the abdomen and shared intra-abdominal organs, including skin, muscle and liver, according to the Cook Children’s Medical Center. A 2016 report published by National Institutes of Health Umbilical twins (this terminology means sharing part of the gastrointestinal system and abdominal wall) have been suggested to have the best chance of survival after successful separation. According to the agency, about 10% of babies born conjoined are Omfalopagus twins.
AmieLynn and JamieLynn’s separation surgery involved a team of 25 medical professionals, including 6 surgeons, performing 11 hours of delicate surgery. According to the hospital, once the isolation surgery was completed, the team was split and assigned to focus on AmieLynn or JamieLynn’s individual surgery.
“Today is a historic and wonderful day. Press conference Held on Wednesday.
“This is a magical moment for Cook Children’s,” the hospital’s president and CEO, Rick Merrill, reiterated in his own remarks at the conference.
Before undergoing surgery this week, AmieLynn and JamieLynn had already ignored many possibilities.The condition at birth is rare, and health officials believe the incidence of conjoined twins is underreported globally, although current statistics suggest this is about 1 in 50,000 to 200,000 Birth. According to the NIH, about 25% of conjoined twins who survive birth live long enough to be candidates for separation surgery.
“We are very pleased with their progress at this point,” said Dr. Jose Iglesias, lead surgeon in the Finley twins’ case. There are clearly some risks, but we are paying attention to them.”
“They’ll grow up to be the little girls they’re supposed to be. Independent, spirited girls, just like they’ve already shown us,” added Iglesias, eliciting a know-it-all laugh from the audience. “So, so far, I am very grateful.”