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IN People ON 19 Oct, 2016
Christian and Nicole Mcdonald kept their hopes high during pregnancy and gave birth to twins. But, there was something special about this pregnancy, the twins were conjoined. Doctors suggested abortion, but the couple didn't listen.
A few days ago, when twins were ready physically to bear the stress of the surgery, Christian and Nicole decided to go for it.
Moments before the surgery of the twins, Nicole was very emotional, hoping that both her sons are strong enough to get through the painful and risky procedure.
Children born with this condition are called as 'Craniopagus Twins.' The doctors have performed the surgery at children's hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.
One silly mistake and it'd take two life, and that too of little kids who've just opened their eyes into this world. Therefore, this operation was very tough to perform for the doctors.
80% of such children can't even survive the birth, while 40% are born and operated later.
In an interview, after the surgery, the doctor told CNN that it was an excellent experience for him. Surgeries like these are always a big challenge. This one was different in its own, as we also needed to make sure that both the kids have enough skin left after the surgery to keep their scalp covered.
They had to pay more than 'two million' dollars to bear the cost of this expensive surgery.
"Anias had a hard time conjoined to his brother. He also faces breathing and feeding issues," says his mother.
"After the surgery, Jadon was taken out of the special care unit immediately, but Anias stayed in operation. Anias is still in surgery, and doctors had to re-open his incision. I have no idea how much longer it will be. My heart aches for him; he is all alone there without his brother, such a scary time to be alone."
After the surgery doctors came out and said, we did it.
Mother of Jadon and Anias wrote: 'Finally reunited. How surreal. I now realize that I always saw you as separate because seeing you like this is nothing different to me. When I stand at your bedside, Jadon, it's almost as if Anias is still there. Anias, when I leaned over you, I protected my hair from Jadon. But the view is still the same. It is how I always saw you. I love you so much. Now it's time to step forward into the new chapter of our life. I'm ready to fight, and I know you are too. Thank you, Dr. Goodrich, Dr. Tepper, Kamilah, Martine, Dr. Kahana, Dr. Mann and everyone else at Montefiore. Your hands performed a miracle today. We love you.'
Social media platforms have also celebrated this successful surgery, and it is one of the trending topics on Facebook for a long time now. We wish for the good health and happiness of Mcdonald family, and we hope that Jadon & Anias would live a happy life.
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