​10-Month-Old Conjoined Twins Are Separated After 23-Hour Surgery

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Ten months ago, conjoined twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born sharing a chest wall, lungs, part of their heart lining and other organs. Yet surgeons at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston recently separated the twosome in a marathon, first-of-its-kind surgery -- and the outlook looks good!

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The surgery -- which was planned since their birth -- took 23 hours and involved 26 clinicians, including 12 surgeons and six anesthesiologists. Knatalye and Adeline are currently in stable condition, and expected to stay in intensive care for a couple of months, with more surgeries to come.

Still, while the road for these twins isn't yet entirely over, the family (which includes mom Elysse, dad John, and their 5-year-old son Azariah) is rejoicing at how well things have gone so far.

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As they should be! Conjoined twins are rare, occurring once in only every 200,000 live births. And their prospects from there are typically grim: only five to 25 percent of conjoined twins survive.

It must have been so tough for the family to face such hard decisions and an uncertain future for their girls... and a relief that things are going so well. Yay, science!

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Image via Texas Children's Hospital

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