In 2016, twins Erin and Abby were born at a clinic in America.
Their parents should have been happy, but in this case, they were not.
Firstly, the girls were born quite prematurely, 10 weeks early, and secondly, their brains were fused together.
Doctors couldn’t guarantee that everything would be fine with the girls.
But there were no bad predictions either. The twins needed an operation to separate their brains and heads from each other.
When the girls were 11 months old, doctors finally decided to operate on them.
Of course, this could lead to complications, even to the point where one of the girls might not survive the surgery.
But the nearly 10-hour operation was successful.
The girls tolerated both the prolonged anesthesia and the surgery itself well. Now, the children are already 6 years old, and they are doing well.
As Dr. Gregory Hoyer, who led the surgery, admitted, everyone was very scared at the time because their patients were the smallest in the history of medicine to be separated.
Now, the girls are closely monitored by doctors under Hoyer’s leadership.
They are carefully examining how the parts of the twins’ brains that were once fused together are developing. Several more surgeries lie ahead to reconstruct their skull bones.