Tennessee surgeons separate conjoined twins, 6-month-old Jacob and Joshua Spates


Tennessee surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twins, 6-month-old Jacob and Joshua Spates, who were connected at the lower spine and pelvis. The mother of twins, Adrienne Spates said today that the twins doing well after 13 hours, surgery Aug. 29, Jacob is in intensive care and is intended for certain other transactions, while Joshua is now in the floor of recovery, the hospital and will be home soon.

“Joshua is doing well and I hope it will be set up and go and have a relatively normal life expectancy,” said Dr. Max Langham, one of the twins, surgeons Hospital Happiness children, said today.

Jacob, who has heart problems, have yet to undergo treatment and surgery, but our cardiology team has a very high hopes that his treatment will be successful— Langham said. The twins were born at 34 weeks last January. They enjoyed from the back of the pelvis and the lower gastrointestinal tract connected, announced today. But they had their own hearts, heads, chests, legs, arms and other vital internal organs, so they are very good two different guys, said Spates.

The separation of the twins was necessary for doctors to repair heart disease Jacob Langham said today.

If they had not been separated in the course of one to two years, they probably would have passed, said Langham. He added that the hardest part of the operation of separation of neuro- surgical twins was the pelvis and lumbar spine.

Siamese twins are extremely rare and represents only 1 percent of monozygotic twins, according to Medscape. Monozygotic twins is a kind of sister who is only a third of births of twins, twin births have been rare, and occur in only 1 of every 87 births. Siamese twins make one every 33 000-165 000 births in the United States, and all 200 000 live births, told Medscape.

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