North Carolina conjoined twins Erin and Abby Delaney were born July 24, 2016, the twins were born with their conjoined heads at the top.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s surgeons have given the biggest birthday gift to the twins in advance by conducting a successful surgery to separate the twins, the surgery took a long time of 11-hours. The separation surgery was done on June 6, 2017.
The formerly conjoined infants have learned to crawl and sit without having conjoining problem with each other. The babies have spent their most of the time at their birthplace — Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The formerly conjoined NC twins are all set to achieve another milestone in their life as doctors have given a green signal to go home. The twins will soon return to their Mooresville home.
According to the CBS Philly, the parents of the twins, Heather and Riley Delaney will take their twin daughters home as early as November.
According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s website, one baby girl named Erin has been discharged from the hospital where she spent a year while her sister Abby remains in the hospital as she is recovering there.
The Charlotte Observer reported, Heather and Riley first came to know that their daughters were conjoined at the top in early 2016 when Heater was about 11-weeks pregnant.
The twins were having craniopagus condition in which twins are conjoined at the cranium. In addition, craniopagus is the least common type of conjoined condition. The parents of Erin and Abby visited the Philadelphia hospital for prenatal appointments in every two weeks.
The reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jesse Taylor told the hospital, “This is one of the earliest separations of craniopagus conjoined twins ever recorded.” Taylor added, “We know that children heal better and faster the younger they are; therefore our goal for Erin and Abby was separation as soon as possible with minimum number of surgeries.”