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Allison Amelia Tucker: Conjoined twins doing well one year post-surgery

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Conjoined twins Allison and Amelia Tucker are doing well one year after a 7-hour surgery was performed to separate them. On Jan. 2, The Global Dispatch reported that Allison and Amelia (who will be 2 in March) have been living as two separate people for the past year -- and they seem to have adapted perfectly.

"Seeing them for the first time as two separate girls was really the most amazing feeling," said their dad, Greg Tucker. "Seeing the girls and seeing them climb and get in to things, as aggravated as I get I can’t help but laugh because they’re an absolute miracle," said Shellie Tucker.

Allison and Amelia Tucker might not even be here had their parents took the advice of their first doctor. When the couple learned that Shellie was carrying conjoined twins, they were advised to terminate the pregnancy. Their doctor was a high risk specialist and felt that the twins would not be able to be separated successfully -- but Shellie and Greg felt differently. So they went for a second opinion.

The twins were born in March of 2012 and spent the first 8 months of their lives in the hospital as doctors prepared for surgery. Doctors practiced on "two dolls sewn together" which might seem strange but actually really helped the process.

On Nov. 7, 2012, Allison and Amelia Tucker had successful surgery and are now running around the family's home happy and healthy, preparing for their birthdays. "I'm thankful for every single day. I can’t describe it," Shellie Tucker said.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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