A pair of 8-month-old conjoined twin girls underwent separation surgery yesterday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and miraculously -- the procedure was a success!
Allison and Amelia Tucker were born attached at the chest, and they shared a liver, diaphragm, and pericardium. Their mother, Shellie Tucker, delivered them via c-section at CHOP when she was 35 weeks along. And as expected, she and her husband were scared about what would happen to their precious babies, but they knew separation surgery was a must -- and they started planning it months before it happened yesterday.
And they are certainly celebrating and breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning, because the lead surgeon on the girls' case, Holly Hedrick, said she expects that "the girls will be able to live full, healthy, and independent lives."
Take a look at this video clip to hear a little more about Allison and Amelia's amazing surgery.
Can you even begin to imagine how happy and thankful their parents are today? Their strength and prayers definitely pulled them through during what had to be the most difficult day in their lives. As parents, all we truly want is for our kids to grow up happy and healthy, and thanks to the amazing surgeons at CHOP, Shellie and her husband will be granted the gift of raising these beautiful twins as little individuals.
What words of encouragement would you offer these brave parents?
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