Conjoined twins: Two conjoined twins, only a month and a half old, were successfully separated at a Dallas hospital this week. Owen and Emmett Ezell, born July 15 and attached at the midsection, no longer share the same body, reports CBS News on Aug. 30.
The twins shared several organs, making the separating procedure potentially deadly. Owen and Emmett shared one liver and bowels and their commingled intestines formed outside their bodies. But for parents Jenni and Dave Ezell, who at first decided to abort the babies, the chance that their boys can lead healthy lives was worth the risk.
Four months into her pregnancy, Jenni said doctors at Medical City Children's in Dallas were able to see the conjoined twins. She says it was recommended they terminate the pregnancy.
"We didn't think they had a chance," Jenni said. "We thought they were not going to make it at all. So we decided to abort. It was the hardest decision that a mother has to make about her babies."
After consulting further, it was decided they would keep their boys and attempt surgery shortly after birth.
"The best number is probably somewhere between 30 and 50 percent that you will have two surviving twins,” explained neonatologist Dr. Clare Schwendeman.
The twins still have more surgeries in their future, but for now, doctors say they are stable and progressing, each in his own body.
"They’re still on some medications to keep them calm,” Schwendeman said. “At this point, they’re as stable as we could hope for, postoperatively.”