LIFE

Twin Boys Conjoined At Stomach Have Risky Separation Surgery And Defy Expectations 3 Years Later

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Three years ago, Michelle Mirabal had no idea what the future had in store for her. Michelle had just given birth to her twin boys, Carter and Conner, but she was in for a very different ride than most mothers.

Michelle’s precious baby boys were born conjoined at the stomach — and their chance of survival was just 25%.

Nothing about Carter and Conner’s futures was certain, but no one ever gave up on them. It took three surgeons, five anesthesiologists, 12 staffers, and 12 hours, but Conner and Carter were successfully separated.

Even once the boys were separated, they had a long road ahead of them. But three years later, they’re doing better than Michelle would have ever believed.

Michelle says, “Back then… there was a lot of thoughts that we had, and we were just taking it day by day. And now, I can’t believe how well they are doing.”

Today, Carter and Conner are two very different little boys. Conner is adventurous, while Carter is more laid back. And, with the help of therapy, the boys are overcoming hurdles together every single day.

Michelle says they “never imagined” the boys’ lives would be he way they are now, “but it is pretty great.”

Check out the video below to meet Conner and Carter, and please SHARE their amazing progress on Facebook!

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