Owen and Emmett Ezell were born in Dallas last month conjoined at the breastbone all the way down to the hipbone. As for their internal organs, the twins shared a liver and intestinal tract, which resided on the outside of the body covered by a thin layer of tissue. The boys underwent surgery on Saturday, Aug. 24 and are reportedly in stable condition with some breathing support at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas.
Dr. Clair Schwendeman said in an update yesterday that he is cautiously optimistic in regard to the twins' recovery and adding that their survival chances are about 40-50 percent at this time. The doctor also said these rare conjoined twin births occur at a rate of anywhere between every 50,000 and 200,000 births.
Parents Dave and Jenni Ezell have two older sons at home and have been giving updates and details on the twins' progress on Jenni's blog, The Ezell Twins. In her latest entry, Jenni said that though they are still sedated, both boys opened their eyes on Tuesday and were looking and moving around a bit. As for the next steps in the boys' cosmetic recovery, they will receive skin extenders within the next few years to start creating enough skin to fully close the wound.
Though she admits it might be wishful thinking, Jenni says she hopes to be able to bring the twins home by Christmas.