Conjoined Twins to be separated at Texas Children's Hospital

The Texas Children's Hospital of Houston has released photos of conjoined twin girls that were born on April 11. Now, a team of doctors from the hospital are going to conduct a surgery to separate them.

Dr. Kevin Lally, the Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital said that in the 28 years of his career, he has done a lot of separation surgeries. He was also the part of the surgical team that successfully separated Emily and Caitlin Copeland back in 1997.

He will now be working on the separation surgery of conjoined twin girls, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith. Back in April, the girls were delivered by Caesarean section at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. At the time of their birth, their estimated weight was nearly 3 pounds, 7 ounces each. In these 5 months, they have managed to gain a weight of about 10 pounds, 4 ounces each.

The girls share their liver, diaphragm, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart) and intestines, so as to avoid any complications in their separation, Dr. Stephen Welty, chief of neonatology at the Texas Children's Fetal Center, said that the separation surgery will be done when the twins are about eight months old.

Their mother, Elysse Mata of Lubbock, said her girls are very feisty and playful. She added that both of them love to hear people talk and are fond of new people.

During an ultrasound on January, 13, Mata and her husband, John Mata, learned that Elysse was carrying conjoined twins. Their gynecologist then referred the family to the Texas Children's Fetal Center where a team of specialists in the neonatal intensive care unit took care of them.

Dr. Stephen Welty will work along with Dr. Kevin Lally during the separation surgery. Dr. Welty said, "We can make no guarantees. We expect it to be technically hard, but that the outcome will be good".