PHILADELPHIA – A team successfully separated 10-month-old conjoined twins during an 11-hour surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said Tuesday.
The hospital said sisters Erin and Abby Delaney, of North Carolina, are recovering in the intensive care unit after last week’s procedure.
The surgery was carefully orchestrated, down to marking monitors and equipment with green or purple tape, one color assigned to each girl.
“Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome,” Dr. Jesse Taylor said in a news release.
Taylor is a plastic surgeon who helped lead the multidisciplinary team of about 30 people.
It marked the 23rd time the hospital has separated conjoined twins over the past 60 years and the first involving children joined at the top of their heads, the least common type of conjoined twins. That condition is known as craniopagus.
Their shared blood vessels and …
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