Erin and Abby Delaney are joined twins who were associated with the skull. They now thrive over a year after their separation operation led by an interdisciplinary team. Children's Hospital in Philadelphia | YouTube )
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Erin and Abby Delaney are twin girls born with a rare congenital anomaly that joined them at the crane. In just 10 months old, the girls received complex separation operations at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Erin was discharged after 435 days at the hospital, but she and her parents stayed in the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House until Abby was also discharged a month later. They were able to go home from Thanksgiving in 2017.
Now, the 2-year-old girls are thriving and described by their mother as happy little girls. In fact, Dr. Jesse Taylor, one of the doctors, led the twins' surgery to exceed their expectations.
They now receive various therapies such as numbers, work, play and physiotherapy.
In a report, the surgical team leader described the interdisciplinary efforts that led to the success of the operation. In it, they note how teamwork, detailed planning, and sophisticated surgical technologies helped them separate the twins successfully, as their case was particularly rare and complex.
Of course, the girls' cases were particularly complicated because they were melted deep into the brain tissue, even sharing a superior sagittal sinus, a vessel that brings blood from the brain to the heart. To separate them, the team first cut through the bone, where the girls 'skulls were connected and then attached a unit that pushed the girls' heads apart by 1 or 2 millimeters a day before completing the full operation months later.
According to Dr. Gregory Heuer, MD, PhD, who led the 30-person operation team, is better off performing the operation on infants with the condition due to plasticity and regenerative capabilities of the young brain, but it is still crucial to balance this benefit with the risks of such complicated procedure.
"After this long and complicated operation, these little girls are restorative, developing and growing. We are honored to have helped make it happen," said Dr. Taylor.
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