Twin girls conjoined at the head have been successfully separated by a 30-strong team at a children’s hospital in Pennsylvania.
Erin and Abby Delaney’s shared blood vessels and the protective membrane around their brains had to be carefully teased apart during the 11-hour surgery.
The surgeons then split into two groups to perform reconstruction on each girl.
Surgery equipment such as monitors and tape was marked with green or purple tape to differentiate each girl.
The 10-month-old twins from North Carolina are currently recovering in intensive care, and have been placed in separate beds for the first time in their lives.
They were delivered prematurely by Caesarean section last July.
Their parents sought specialist pre-natal care after they found out they were expecting conjoined twins 11 weeks into mother Heather’s pregnancy.
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