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11-month-old conjoined twin girls have been separated following an 11-hour-long operation.

Conjoined twin girls in Philadelphia have been separated following an 11-hour-long operation.


A multidisciplinary team of around 30 people helped to separate the 11-month-old Erin and Abby Delaney on 7 June this year.

Plastic surgeon Dr Jesse Taylor co-led the team with neurosurgeon Gregory Heuer, MD, PhD.

Dr Taylor said, “Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery, followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome.”

The condition, craniopagus, meant the girls were attached to one another by the tops of their heads. They shared blood vessels, and the protective membrane around their brains had to be carefully pulled apart.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said the sisters are recovering in the intensive care unit after the procedure last week.

This is the 23rd time the hospital has separated conjoined twins and marks the first time it operated on craniopagus twins.

Exceedingly rare, craniopagus twins occur approximately four to six times per 10 million births.

Michael Saul, from Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors, said, “This is a fascinating story that illustrates the power and importance of cosmetic surgery in certain situations.”

The news follows the successful separation of Anias and Jadon McDonald in New York last October. Also craniopagus twins, it took the surgical team 27 hours to separate Anias and Jadon.

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