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Allison Amelia Tucker: Risky surgery for conjoined twins pays off

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Allison and Amelia Tucker are the famous conjoined twins who were born in March 2012 then had a seven-hour surgery in November 2012 to separate them. According to a Jan. 2 report out by Inquisitr, the girls are "thriving" one year after the risky procedure. It goes to show that the surgery for the Tucker girls definitely paid off.

Parents, Shellie and Greg Tucker, learned in November 2011 that they were going to have conjoined twins. The obstetrician they went to specialized in high-risk pregnancies and advised Shellie to have an abortion. The doctor said a surgery to separate Allison and Amelia Tucker would be extremely difficult or impossible.

The conjoined twins had their surgery done by a team of doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn. after the Tuckers sought a second opinion there. The doctors were confident in separating the girls at eight months of age. 40 doctors performed the risky operation that lasted seven hours. Allison and Amelia were conjoined at the abdomen and chest areas. The pair shared vital organs, such as the diaphram, liver, chest wall, and pericardium.

A little over a year after the surgery, the Tuckers say their daughters are healthy, happy, and have their own distinct personalities. Allison is described as energetic, affectionate, and a bit of a "tom boy" while Amelia loves to climb and play in dirt. She also likes playing with dolls and is said to be the "goofy one."

This is an uplifting story to hear that Allison and Amelia Tucker are thriving and growing up healthy. Their progress will remain of great interest to the public since they survived such a miraculous procedure.

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