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Twin Brothers Are Born Conjoined At The Head. After 27-Hour Surgery, They Look So Different

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald is a writer, illustrator, and a Libra.

Formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias are finally returning home — almost a year after being surgically separated.

Christian and Nicole McDonald knew they were going to have conjoined twins while Nicole was still pregnant. Doctors suggested she consider terminating her twin sons, but that was never an option.

Instead, the family moved from Illinois to New York City to be closer to the Children’s Hospital Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. It was there that they met Dr. James Goodrich, a surgeon who offered them hope that their conjoined twins could be separated successfully.

But it would be a huge risk; the surgery could kill one or both of them or cause long-term damage or disabilities in one or both babies.

With heavy hearts, the couple decided to go through with the operation. On October 14, 2016, after a 27-hour surgical procedure, Nicole excitedly declared her two precious babies had been successfully separated.

However, it wasn’t until this week, nearly a year later, that her two sons got to finally come home.

“My kids have never been home separate,” Nicole told AZ Family. “I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it. It feels like it’s not even real. We’ve never been home and each held a kid. It’s going to be awesome.”

The parents are looking forward to experiencing their children separately. Something as simple as holding each child and sitting on the couch fills the parents with glee.

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