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New York hospital successfully separates conjoined twins

A team of expert surgical and medical providers at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) in Bronx, New York have successfully separated craniophagus twin boys.

The conjoined twins named Jadon and Anias McDonald, who are thirteen month old, were separated completely last week. The team used virtual planning and 3D printing technologies for the first time to map the twins’ attached brains to find their way through a series of complex and high risk surgeries.

Steven M. Safyer M.D., President and CEO, Montefiore said: “Once again the Montefiore Einstein team is leading the way in pioneering medicine that changes lives.

“This intricate procedure was greatly enhanced by cutting edge 3D technology that enabled the surgeons to see inside the boys’ brains.

“But what really makes this case so special to me is the way our entire community is embracing the McDonald family. This is Montefiore at its best: sophisticated science, medicine and patient care are at the heart and soul of what we do.”

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McDonald Twins (PRNewsFoto/The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore)

Both the boys would require further surgeries and are now recovering in CHAM’s Pediatric Crictical Care Unit. The family and hospital community are optimistic about the boys’ well being.

Anias and Jadon McDonald were born on September 9 last year to mother Nicole and father Christian. They have an older brother aged three years named Aza.

Their mother Nicole McDonald said: “We’ve always seen our boys as perfect little babies. And now we feel so blessed and happy that we will get to hold them, comfort them and snuggle each of them in our arms like we have been longing to do since they were born, thanks to the amazing care provided by the whole team at Montefiore.”

The twins were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for four months at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago until they were discharged.

Their family shifted to Bronx this year in February where the twins underwent the first of the four stages of delicate surgery, performed over a period of seven months in March.

Craniopagus conjoined twins do not live more than two years if they are not separated.

McDonald Twins Post-Separation (PRNewsFoto/The Children's Hospital at Mont)

McDonald Twins Post-Separation (PRNewsFoto/The Children’s Hospital at Mont)

The twins are now likely to spend many months to get rehabilitation therapy to strengthen their bodies and to develop their distinctive personalities.

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Dr. Goodrich and Nicole McDonald (PRNewsFoto/CHAM)

James T. Goodrich , M.D., Ph.D., D.Sci. (Hon.), director, Pediatric Neurosurgery, CHAM and professor, Clinical Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine said: “The boys have a lot of healing to do.

“This was unexpectedly one of the hardest cases I have ever worked on. We knew they shared an area of fused brain, but we did not know how complicated it would be until we looked inside. I am relieved that the procedure was successful.”

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