PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A team successfully separated 10-month-old conjoined twins during an 11-hour surgery, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said Tuesday.
The hospital said Tuesday sisters Erin and Abby Delaney, of North Carolina, are recovering in the intensive care unit after last week's procedure.
Taylor is a plastic surgeon who helped lead the multidisciplinary team of about 30 people. Jesse Taylor said in a news release.
For the first time in their lives, twins Erin and Abby Delaney are able to lie side by side in their own beds. Both are also on the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
"During the separation surgery, our team first meticulously separated the infants' shared blood vessels and dura, the tough protective membrane surrounding both brains, then moved on to separate the sagittal sinus, the most hard portion of the operation", he said in a statement.
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Physicians monitoring the twins' vital signs and administering their anesthesia throughout the operation used green and purple tape, one color for each baby, to track their separate progress. They will be followed in the months to come by their team of surgeons, nutritionists, developmental pediatricians and other specialists to ensure that they have the best opportunity for healthy development.
This is the 23 time that surgeons at CHOP have separated a pair of conjoined twins and the first craniopagus pair.
Parents Heather and Riley Delaney learned they were expecting conjoined twins about 11 weeks into the pregnancy.
Abby and Erin were delivered by C-section 10 weeks premature on July 24, 2016.
The surgery and reconstruction climaxed months of comprehensive planning and preparation by a large team from many areas of the hospital. Additional surgeries for both twins are likely during this process, but Heather and her husband, Riley, are expected to bring the girls back to North Carolina later this year. "Welcome home, baby shower, first birthday".
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