Conjoined Twins Make Amazing Recovery After Marathon Surgery

The story of these two adorable toddlers is truly heartwarming and miraculous. 

Formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald are making incredible progress after being separated during a 27-hour operation just six weeks ago. 

They young boys spent the first 13 months of their lives conjoined by the top of their heads before undergoing marathon separation surgery at the Children's Hospital at Montifiore Medical Center in New York, USA. 

Image: Nicole McDonald, Facebook.

The operation was led by Dr. James Goodrich, considered the leading expert on what's known as craniopagus surgery and documented by CNN.

Image: Nicole McDonald, Facebook

In new photos just released on social media, the boys are looking across at each other in their hospital beds for the first time. And Jadon is also seen with the bandages off his head. 

Image: Christine Pogliano Grosso, Facebook

Mother Nicole McDonald has also been posting updates to social media, after being inundated with messages of support from around the world. 

"There really aren't enough words to describe how difficult, and yet miraculous, this journey has been. In the weeks following the boys' separation, there has not been one day that has not been loaded down with devastating news intermixed with joyous celebration as the boys continue on to recovery". 

While their ongoing recovery has not been without its challenges, with both boys developing an infection underneath their scalp and Anias, in particular, suffering from seizures and complications, their story is an inspiration.


"All I can say is thank you," Nicole continues in one of her Facebook posts. "Thank you for even prompting me to have to do something like this. I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be addressing people from all over the world but am so humbled to have the opportunity. Our trial has been excruciating. I would not wish our circumstance upon anyone. But I would never wish it away either. Through the curse we have found many blessings. You all are part of the good that has come from something seemingly impossible.

According to CNN, the brothers, now 14 months old, are set to begin rehab after Thanksgiving - which is a "world record for recovery" from such an operation. 

All Images: Facebook. 

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