Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


>>WE WENT IN FOR MY
20-WEEK ANATOMY SCAN AND THE ULTRASOUND TECH PUT
THE WAND ON TO MY STOMACH AND SHE GOES, “WHAT DO YOU
THINK THOSE TWO CIRCLES ARE?” AND IT WAS THE GIRLS’ HEADS. AND SHE MOVED ON TO SAY,
“YOU’RE HAVING TWINS AND I THINK THEY’RE CONJOINED.”>>CONJOINED TWINS
ARE VERY RARE. THEY ARE PREDICTED TO OCCUR
1 IN 50,000 BIRTHS. THE MAJORITY OF THOSE BIRTHS,
HOWEVER, ARE STILLBORN. AND THE MAJORITY CANNOT BE
SAFELY SEPARATED. SINCE THE FIRST PAIR OF
CONJOINED TWINS WERE SEPARATED AT CHILDREN’S
HOSPITAL IN 1957, WE’VE SEPARATED OVER
20 CASES. THE TUCKER TWINS ARE ACTUALLY
THORACO-OMPHALOPAGUS. AND SO THEY ARE JOINED A
LITTLE BIT AT THE CHEST AND A LITTLE BIT
IN THE ABDOMEN. THEIR CHEST WALLS
ARE JOINED. THEIR STERNUM IS A SINGLE
STERNUM. THEIR DIAPHRAGMS ARE JOINED. PERICARDIUM IS MOST LIKELY
JOINED. THEIR HEARTS ARE COMPLETELY
SEPARATE SO IT’S VERY, VERY FAVORABLE
FOR THE GIRLS.>>WE DECIDED TO COME
HERE AFTER WE HAD MET WITH A LOCAL SPECIALIST
AND OUR DOCTOR, OUR OB, TOLD US THAT WE
SHOULD DEFINITELY COME TO PHILADELPHIA.>>WE FIRST MET THE
TUCKER FAMILY BEFORE THE GIRLS WERE BORN. OUR MEETING STARTED WITH A
TWO-DAY EVALUATION WHERE THEY WENT THROUGH A BATTERY
OF TESTS THAT INCLUDED AN ULTRASOUND,
AN ECHOCARDIOGRAM, A FETAL MRI. AND THESE TESTS WERE
SORT OF SOUPED-UP TESTS OF OUR REGULAR TESTS BECAUSE
THE COMPLEXITY IS EXPONENTIAL WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT
TWO JOINED. AFTER A HUGE TEAM MEETING,
WE SAT DOWN WITH THEM AND REALLY EXPLAINED IT FROM
SOUP TO NUTS WHAT WE THOUGHT WE SAW, WHAT WE PREDICTED
MAY OCCUR, AND THAT WE ACTUALLY DID
INDEED FEEL THAT THEY WERE SEPARABLE.>>WE DECIDED THIS IS WHAT OUR
NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO BE LIKE. WE’RE GOING TO GO THERE. WE MOVED INTO THE RONALD
MCDONALD HOUSE AND INSTANTLY BECAME FAMILY
WITH THE STAFF THERE. AND WE BECAME FAMILY WITH
THE STAFF HERE AT CHOP. WE HAVE OUR
2 1/2-YEAR-OLD SON, OWEN, HERE AND THE CHILD
LIFE HAS BEEN AWESOME WITH HIM, KEEPING HIM
INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES. I MEAN, THE KID DOESN’T
WANT TO SIT STILL. HE’S A 2-YEAR-OLD WHO
WANTS TO RUN. TO BE SEEN HERE AND KNOW
THAT I WAS GOING TO BE DELIVERED HERE, IT WAS
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT.>>THE SPECIAL DELIVERY
UNIT ALLOWED THE PARENTS AND THE BABIES TO BE CLOSE BY
SHORTLY AFTER THE DELIVERY. SO WE COULD HAVE A PLANNED
DELIVERY WITH A PLANNED RESUSCITATION. AND THE TEAM THAT WAS
INVOLVED THE DAY THAT THEY WERE BORN, THE TEAM THAT WAS
INVOLVED WITH THE RESUSCITATION BECOMES THE CORE GROUP
OF NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND NEONATOLOGISTS THAT
ARE GOING TO BE INVOLVED WITH THE RECOVERY PROCESS
ONCE THEY’RE SEPARATED. SO ALLISON HAS A TEAM
AND EMILY HAS A TEAM. WE GOT STARTED AROUND 6
IN THE MORNING. THE GIRLS WERE BROUGHT
UPSTAIRS FROM THE NICU. DR. BAILEY AND HIS TEAM
MET THEM. THERE WAS A TEAM OF SIX
ANESTHESIOLOGISTS AND TOOK THEM INTO THE OPERATING ROOM
AND GOT TO WORK. THE TEAM INCLUDES GENERAL
SURGERY, ANESTHESIA, PLASTIC SURGERY, CARDIAC
SURGERY, RADIOLOGY, OR NURSES, BEDSIDE NURSES,
NURSE PRACTITIONERS, PSYCHOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK,
MANY, MANY OTHERS. THAT MOMENT WHERE ONE
BECOMES TWO IS VERY, VERY DRAMATIC.>>SEEING THEM TOGETHER
IS JUST THE WAY THEY ARE. IT’S GOING TO BE DIFFICULT
AND EXCITING AT THE SAME TIME TO SEE THEM
AS TWO BABIES.>>WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SECOND
SET UP IN THE SAME ROOM AND EMILY WILL BE TAKEN OVER
TO ANOTHER BED THAT’S WAITING AND THEN WE’LL CONTINUE
TO WORK. [KNOCK ON DOOR]>>HEY.>>HI.>>SO THEY DID REALLY WELL. THE GIRLS BOTH WERE AWESOME
THROUGH THE WHOLE THING.>>I THINK A DAY LIKE TODAY
MAKES YOU REALIZE WHAT AN INCREDIBLE TEAM WE HAVE. AND IT TAKES SUCH A BIG TEAM
AND IT TAKES EVERYBODY BEING ON. IT TAKES EVERYTHING BEING
LINED UP. IT TAKES EVERYBODY BEING ON
THEIR BEST GAME.>>NOW IT’S JUST THE
RECOVERY AND IT’S THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL.>>THE FIRST DAY THAT THEY
BREATHE ON THEIR OWN IS HUGE. THE FIRST DAY THAT MOM CAN
HOLD THEM OR DAD CAN HOLD THEM IS HUGE. THE FIRST DAY THAT THEY
GET FEEDS AGAIN IS HUGE. AND THEN WE START THE
PLANNING FOR HOW DO WE TRANSITION FROM AN INTENSIVE
CARE SETTING TO A MORE NORMAL SETTING AND THEN
EVENTUALLY TO HOME.

23 thoughts on “Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

  1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the finest medical facility in the whole world for Children ๐Ÿ™‚ As I myself was a patient there as a child with a hearing disability, as an 26 yr old now CHOP in my eyes is the best for all specialties and I highly recommend them for children ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks CHOP

  2. The CHOP is actually so amazing, I just watched another video where they successfully treated conjoined twins from the head, God bless these wonderful people!

  3. Such amazing and caring staff..just incredible.
    My daughter has undergone many many reconstructive surgeries there & I know that deep…helpless feeling of standing there as they take them thru those gray doors. I can't even watch without cryingโ™ก

  4. I was once a patience in these hospital. There was a problem with my heart and it was pretty bad. I spent 6 days at the ICU and got my surgery done. They did me so good and i was 14 years old. I'm 16 now and i can finally do sports. (:

  5. This is important to donate change at McDonald's! ๐Ÿ˜‰ All of it goes to RM houses for this reason, to house families and help them through stuff just like this.

  6. I was a conjoined twin baby sadly my sister died when being separated ๐Ÿ˜ญ, we where joined by our chests and when the doctors separated us my sister's lungs split open, the doctors did everything in there power to keep her alive but she died 15 seconds after her lungs where split, I never knew this story until I was 6

  7. Beautiful Inspiring story:
    Thank you for sharing this video us!
    Safe in the Master hand! God bless you all!
    And Angel Watching over all us! Loved โคโœ
    ๐Ÿ™ Updated 10/27/2018๐Ÿ™

  8. I was conjoined my twin brother and I were conjoined by the Stomach, He died after 2 hours after the surgery. I didnโ€™t know the story until I was 8

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  10. No, I canโ€™t stop! I just a watched a different video like this! I canโ€™t stop! Itโ€™s so sad! Bless your family! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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