Conjoined Twins Separated After 10 Hour Surgery, Parents Grateful to Doctors
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Conjoined Twins Separated After 10 Hour Surgery, Parents Grateful to Doctors

  • Doctors spent about 10 hours separating a set of conjoined twins through a very risky surgery
  • The twins' parents recently spoke to the media and thanked doctors who helped them with their babies' successful surgery
  • The conjoined twins had spent about a year in ICU as doctors tried to come up with formulas to separate them successfully

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A grateful American mum and her husband have come out to thank doctors and everyone involved in the successful surgery that saw their conjoined twins separated.

They were separated successfully after a 10 hours surgery.
The conjoined twins spent about a year in hospital as doctors tried to find ways to separate them. Photo: People.
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10-hours long surgery

Maggie Altobelli and her hubby Dom took time to shower praises on people who spent 10 hours working on the ''miracle''.

People.com had earlier reported that conjoined twins Addison and Lilianna Altobelli were successfully separated on October 13 2021, after a 10-hour surgery.

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Briefly News has learnt the conjoined twins were finally discharged from the hospital following the surgery after spending about a year in intensive care following their arrival.

The conjoined twins are now back at home in Chicago with their parents.

According to Today.com, Maggie who was 20-weeks pregnant and her hubby learned at an ultrasound appointment that not only were they expecting twins, but also the siblings were connected at the abdomen.

Separate hearts

"I was trying to find out the gender of one baby I thought we were having, and then it turned out to be a little more complicated. It was an out-of-body experience." Maggie disclosed.

Media reports intimated that the parents later discovered that while the girls shared a diaphragm and liver, they had their own separate hearts.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where the surgery was performed through a statement disclosed that they were able to go ahead with the surgery after learning the conjoined twins' liver was large enough to divide between them.

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"Their shared liver was also large enough to divide between them, making them excellent candidates for separation surgery," a statement from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia read in part.

Maggie and her man were both excited and nervous about what the future held for their twin girls throughout the pregnancy journey.

"It was quite a ride early on because I and Maggie were scared as hell and had no clue what was going to happen. We had to just take it one step at a time." Dom told Today.com.

However, their gods smiled on them as they welcomed their daughters Addy and Lilly, through Cesarian-section on November 18 2020, after coming up with a safe birth plan with their doctors.

Following the delivery, doctors started preparing the twins for their separation surgery, including a 10-month stay in intensive care units at the hospital.

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Speaking of miraculous births, Briefly News previously reported that Skeem Saam actress Pebetsi Matlaila is letting it all out on her social media.

The media personality told followers that both she and her daughter are lucky to be alive after complications during childbirth. Pebetsi Matlaila is a true symbol of strength after enduring trauma after trauma in 2021.

The actress had opened up about her complicated delivery of her second baby and the moment when doctors were convinced she had died. The celeb was diagnosed with preeclampsia and had been dead for three minutes before the medical team was able to revive her.

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