This is nothing short of a medical miracle.
Abby and Erin Delaney — 10-month-old conjoined twins born to Heather and Riley Delaney — are healing well after going through an incredibly risky surgery to separate the twins, who were conjoined at the head.
“Separating conjoined twins is a very complex surgery followed by a long and complicated recovery, but we are very hopeful for a positive outcome,” Jesse Taylor — the plastic surgeon who co-led the procedure — said in a statement from the Children’s Hopsital of Philadelphia, where the twins had their operation. “Erin and Abby are now recovering in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unite under close monitoring by our expert teams.”
In a blog their mother keeps to chronicle the twins’ journey, she wrote about it what it was like having the girls in different bed for the first time in their nearly one year on Earth.
“At that moment, I stood in the middle of the room in between two beds and realized what had happened. We had two girls. Two separate girls independent of each other. They were on their own. There were fighting on their own,” she wrote. “They each looked almost lonely in their beds without the other. It almost felt wrong in a way that they couldn’t be with each other. I realized that I was now going to have to split myself between two children. Before, I could stand in one spot and read them both a story. I could change Erin’s diaper while chatting with Abby. I realized I couldn’t do that anymore. I couldn’t kiss them at the same time, and it blew my mind.”
While the girls are thankfully doing well, their mother reminded her readers that they are far from being “out of the woods,” but she’s optimistic.
“God apparently has incredible plans for these little girls since he got them through so much. They are a real-life miracle and I am so blessed to be their mom. Yes, this has been tough. Yes, living at the hopsital is not something I would wish on anyone. But I would do it any day of the week for these little girls,” she wrote. “These days are scary. One minute, the girls will be great and the next minute, things change and meds are being switched and doctors are being called. Yes, the girls got separated, but this is only the beginning.”
To support the Delaney family on their journey, visit their GoFundMe.