Twins joined at chest, separated after 26-hour surgery

Ten-month-old conjoined twins who shared a chest wall, intestine and pelvis were separated in a first ever surgery of its kind, at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

HOUSTON, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (NBC) – Conjoined twins who shared a chest wall were separated in a grueling, first of its kind surgery on Tuesday (February 17) at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Ten-month old twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata’s surgery took 26 hours and required multiple surgeons to separate the twins who shared a chest wall, lungs, diaphragm, intestines and pelvis.

A team of twelve surgeons, six anasthesiologists, and eight surgical nurses were involved.

“So far, so good. The babies are…separate,” surgeons announced to the family after the 18-hour mark.

Dr. Darrell Cass acknowledged some tense moments, “We had some challenges there we had to work through but thanks to Dr Mackenzie our pediatric heart surgeon things are looking good now.”

After the twins were separated, doctors tended to them individually for another eight hours.

They’re expected to have to undergo several more surgeries.