Millions of people watched Jadon and Anias McDonald, craniopagus twins fused at the head, endure the most challenging 27-hour separation procedure in 2016.
The boys were 13 months old at the time. How do the current conjoined twins feel and develop?
Conjoined twins Jadon and Anias were born in September 2015. There is no other way to explain what happened to them but as a miracle.
According to medical statistics, nearly 40% of these infants are stillborn, and a third of the survivors die within 24 hours.
The fact that they endured for 13 months is astounding in itself. However, an even greater miracle was accomplished by the American medical staff during the boys’ separation.
The entire process took 27 hours.
Surgeons encountered some difficulties at one point because the shared area of Jadon and Anias’ brains was larger than the computer simulation had predicted.
Their speech remained unchanged, but pediatric neurosurgeon James Goodrich warned that they would struggle to learn to walk and develop other motor skills in the future.
Christian, the father of Jadon and Anias, stated that they surely made the right choice.
According to him, allowing the children to have a normal life is the best thing we can do. Our faith will help them overcome all obstacles. Conjoined twins often exhibit persistent dominance over each other.
Regarding the McDonald brothers, Jadon was “strong,” as his body could sustain the other twin’s survival by working for two.
Even though it was a major concern for the doctors, the boys can breathe independently, interact with their environment, feed separately from each other, emotionally respond to family members, and even play together.