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Surgeons at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas, Texas successfully separated conjoined twins on August 24.
"At this point they're as stable as we could hope for post-operatively," Dr. Clair Schwenueman told the Associated Press.
The twins were conjoined between their chests and their hips. They only had one liver and one set of intestines. The nine-hour surgery to separate them was difficult because the surgeons had to take special care of the shared blood vessel in the liver.
When Jenni and Dave, the twins’ parents, found out that their twins were conjoined during a prenatal visit on March 1, they decided to have an abortion because the doctor told them that the odds that the twins would survival were low.
"We didn't think they had a chance, that they weren't going to make it at all," she said. "So we decided to abort and it was the hardest decision that a mother has to make."
The abortion clinic referred Jenni to Medical City Hospital because they had concerns about scar tissue that she had from a previous C-section. The doctor at the hospital told them that there might be hope for their boys after all. Dr. Schwenueman places the odds of their survival somewhere between 40 and 50 percent, ABC News reports.
Jenni was overjoyed to find out that her boys had a chance to survive. She changed her mind about having an abortion. The twins, Owen and Emmett Ezell, were born July 15.
The day of the surgery was nerve-wracking for both parents. Jenni was not sure if she would see both of her boys alive again or not. She wrote about the experience here.
Family members waited anxiously at the hospital while the surgeons worked to separate the twins. The room erupted in cheers when doctors told them that the surgery went well.
The boys still need more surgeries to replace missing skin and muscle in their abdomens.