In the early February of 2015, a group of more than 26 clinicians from the Texas Children’s Hospital embarked on a medical journey that had never been successfully completed: separating two thoraco-omphalo-ischiopagus conjoined twins.!
The twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, had been born in April of 2014, sharing several major organs, including lungs, liver, intestines, colon, pelvis, chest walls, diaphragm, and pericardial sac (heart lining). In the end, their parents and doctors ultimately agreed that a separation would be the best course of action. When it came time for the surgery, a team consisting of 12 surgeons, 6 anesthesiologists, and 8 surgical nurses were charged with the difficult task.
The entire process is reported to have taken about 26 hours, with doctors spending 23 hours on Knatalye and 26 hours on Adeline. The official separation occurred at the 18-hour mark.