A conjoined twin was able to finally return home after a year-long hospitalization, while his brother will have to receive further treatment before being allowed to leave hospital as well.
Michelle Brantley gave birth to Conner and Carter on December 12, 2014, but ever since that time she has been unable to bring her babies back home, given that they were born conjoined, and required a slew of surgical procedures in order to be kept alive.
The most widespread theory regarding conjoined twins is that they appear when a fertilized egg doesn’t divide completely, causing the two embryos to develop in the uterus while attached to one another.
In the case of Conner and Carter, the infants had been joined at the lower abdomen and sternum, having just one small intestine, and livers that had merged together.
As a result, they had to undergo several operations, and benefited from assistance from around 200 medical practitioners, including nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists etc.
The most high-stake surgery took place on May 7, 2015, when the identical twins were finally detached from one another, because Carter was growing increasingly more malnourished, his chances of survival getting dimmer and dimmer.
The incredibly complex and risky procedure lasted 12 hours, as revealed by representatives of Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Now, after a lengthy stay at Brooks Rehabilitation, followed by another surgery at Wolfson back in December, one of the siblings has made a full recovery, and will be discharged from hospital.
The lucky one is Conner, who now weighs 22 pounds. On the other hand, Carter, whose weight has reached 16 pounds, will still have to remain a little longer within the confines of the medical center, while his condition is closely monitored by hospital staff.
The boys’ father, Bryan Mirabal, has recently declared during a press conference held on Wednesday, January 20, that he can hardly contain his joy at having one of his sons back home with him.
Apparently, Mirabal wants to start teaching the kid everything he knows about dogs and cars, and is eagerly awaiting to be a hand-on dad, and introduce Conner to his surroundings, after his extended hospital stay.
Meanwhile, Carter will have to wait a little longer before he too can explore the world, alongside his brother.
As revealed by the boys’ mother, even though the two may not fully comprehend yet that they’re siblings, Carter still burst into tears when Conner left his side, and tried to cling to his brother’s hand.
Pediatric surgeon Daniel Robie, who took care of Conner and his twin ever since their birth, has declared that the entire staff will surely miss the boy after having watched over him for the last 13 months.
However, that feeling of regret is surpassed by the relief felt at having successfully nursed the infant back to health, especially since conjoined twins normally have an extremely poor life prognosis, their chances of surviving verging between 5% and 25%.
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