“The warriors” have been through things that not even doctors can believe; I think it’s only fair that we call his story a miracle in progress.
As reported by CNN, the sight of the twins occupying separate beds is an almost impossible sight to imagine for their parents who have cared for them together from birth until the operation for 13 months.
According to the Daily Mail, the Siamese twins entered the operating room in which they remained for 27 hours. Dr. James Goodrich, was the one who led the surgery, and who is considered an expert in cranial surgeries.
The first 72 hours are critical
The children’s parents were warned how critical they were in the first 72 hours after surgery. Anias, suffered a couple of seizures, but as reported by CNN, these were controlled with a drug.
On the other hand, Jadon, you still have to move your left side. His father explained in an interview that this fact is not something that worries Dr. Goodrich, as it is normal in a situation like this.
The children are severely sedated, but when Jadon opens his eyes he squeezes his parents’ fingers with all his might.
Children have already been the protagonists of 3 other previous surgeries that prepared them for the most important, which was the separation. After each operation, the recovery time of little Jadon and Anias has varied.
Before the operation
The Daily Mail reported that the children were born by cessation 13 months ago, in a Chicago hospital. Nicole and Christian (their parents) insisted that the children as they were, was perfect, however, the prognoses of life for them were not good if they were not separated.
The surgery cost about $2.5 million.
In an interview with CNN, Nicole expressed that she would have almost kept them as they were, admitting that she has created a great attachment to her children as they came into the world.
How this condition occurs
The condition in which Anias and Jadon were born is known as craniopagus conjoined twins, and it is a phenomenon that occurs one in two and a half million births.
In 40 percent of these cases, children are born lifeless, and of those born alive, most die within 24 hours. If they survive the first 24 hours, they have an 80 percent chance of dying before they are two years old.
They wanted to keep it private but decided to share and the world supports them
As reported in the Daily Mail, the couple wanted to keep what was happening to them private, but decided to share their story to unveil the names of their heroes: The medical staff who have worked tirelessly to save their two little ones.
Nicole McDonald has been sharing the story step by step on Facebook, and has only received words of support and love.
She posted a note asking if anyone shares their story, please share this too:
«If you share anything I post, please share this too.
As my husband and I emerged from the depths of the hospital yesterday, we were faced with the reality that our private world had changed almost as quickly as children did overnight. For those who do not know us, it may be interesting to know that we do not have a TV or Internet access in our home. We do not watch the news regularly and have literally spent the last 36 hours at the children’s side or waiting to receive the news from the doctors at the Caregiver Support Center in Montefiore. While using their computers, I was able to read the CNN articles. I watched the beautiful videos they created and the reactions live on Facebook, but until now, I had no idea that our story had been spreading in every direction. And although I receive each message of encouragement with humility, it is very difficult for me to take credit for the miracle that these children are. All I did was give birth to two unique children and love them with all that I am. There are mothers everywhere who do this daily. I would like us to divert our attention to the true heroes of this story.