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Mom Has Conjoined Twin Girls. 10 Years Later, They Look Drastically Different

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Jesse and Amy Carlsen happily welcomed twin baby girls, Isabelle and Abigail (Abby), into the world.

When the little girls were born, they almost instinctively reached for each other’s hands to embrace as they napped.

Isabelle and Abigail came into this world together and they knew it. The identical twins were conjoined from their chests to their bellies. Isabelle’s heart was deeply embedded into Abby’s chest, and other organs were wrapped together.

The parents had to make a difficult decision: would they try and separate their baby girls? Isabelle and Abby spent six months at the hospital.

The prestigious Mayo Clinic agreed to separate the girls during a 12-hour operation that required 17 surgeons. Just two weeks later, the girls were ready to go home, separated. That was 10 years ago. The twins don’t even remember being conjoined, although their behaviors say otherwise — the sisters are inseparable in about every other way.

“In the mall, we like grab each other’s hands. It’s weird,” Isabelle and Abby told CBS. They’ve still got those twin instincts.

What’s most incredible about the miracle twins is not that they survived, but that they thrived. They’re both healthy, athletic, and at the top of their classes.

“Words can’t express how thankful I am for what they did for our girls,” Amy said of the Mayo Clinic.

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