Photos by Allen S. Kramer, Texas Children’s Hospital.
HOUSTON — Conjoined twins will now be able to live separate lives after surgeons were able to separate them in a successful operation doctors are saying is first-of-its-kind.
Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, who were born in April 2014, reportedly underwent the successful separation surgery last week at Texas Children’s Hospital.
According to PIX11, prior to the surgery, the twins shared many parts and organs, including a chest wall, lungs, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.
A team of 25 surgeons worked on the operation for 23 hours, PIX11 reports. The official separation occurred 18 hours into the surgery.
“This is the first time a separation surgery for …. twins with this particular configuration has been successful,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, pediatric surgeon and co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Center, according to PIX11.
“We are so grateful to all of the surgeons and everyone who cared for our daughters and gave them the incredible chance to live separate lives,” Elysse Mata, the babies’ mother, told PIX11.
PIX11 reports the twins will remain at the hospital for the next few months.
Those interested in more information can visit the girls’ community Facebook page.