Former Conjoined Twins Doing Well

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Twins Jadon and Anias McDonald Doing Well

Following a 27-hour surgery last month, two twins, joined at the head, Jadon and Anias McDonald are doing well. Dr. James Goodrich, who led the operation at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, said the twins are “right on target, if not ahead of schedule.”

During the last 64 years, the operation, known as craniopagus surgery, is so rare it has only been done 59 times. The twins parents’, Christian and Nicole McDonald have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from around the world. Days following the operation, the mother held her two sons separately for the first time. She said she had dreamed of this since before the twins were born.

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Dr. Oren Tepper, the lead plastic surgeon responsible for reconstructing the boys’ skulls, remarked, “All in all, I think they’ve handled the surgery incredibly well…They’ve been entirely stable in the ICU since the operating room, and I think that, in and of itself, is a real success.”

The only major complication was when Jadon suffered partial paralysis of his left side following the surgery. Since the operation the young baby has regained full functionality. His twin brother, Arias, suffered seizures postoperatively, but they have been kept in check with medication.

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Senior resident of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Carrie Stern, participated throughout the surgery. She made the final cut to separate the twins the morning following the first day of surgery. At 2:11 am the boys became officially separated. That was approximately 16 1/2 hours into the surgery.