For the first time, conjoined twins Abby and Erin Delaney can sleep in separate beds.
Cohen said surgeries are done at major medical centers where teams of neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists and critical-care physicians spend months studying patients' brain scans and oftentimes 3-D models "to try to find the safest way to make the disconnection".
The hospital said that the girls will likely require extra surgery.
Erin and Abby's parents first learned they were conjoined 11 weeks into the pregnancy.
Prenatal care included high-resolution ultrasounds, MRIs and EKGs.
They were born 10 weeks prematurely in late July by cesarean section. At the time of birth, both the babies weighed two pounds and one ounce and received special care at the N/IICU or Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit at CHOP.
Physical, occupational and speech therapy teams developed innovative treatments and exercises for the infants in the following months, as they awaited surgery.
LONDON-Conjoined twins have gotten the best present for their first birthday, the gift of life.
Taylor is a plastic surgeon, and along with neurosurgeon Dr. Gregory Heuer, headed the 30-person team made up of doctors from various disciplines, including neurosurgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and anesthesiology.
Conjoined twins suffer a lot and surgeries are the only way for them to lead a normal life. The complexity of the operation is directly dependent on the extent of the connection and on where the babies are joined including the blood vessels and brain tissues that the twins are sharing. Then they moved on to the most complex part of the surgery, which was the separation of the sagittal sinus. The survival of either twin or both depends on the extent and type of connection between the two say the expert team. The medical team worked essentially on one body - and then once the girls were separated - the team also separated to care for two.