Surgically Removed Conjoined Twins Go Home 11 Months After Birth
Twin boys from North Texas who’ve been conjoined from birth underwent a high-risk surgery last year. 11 months later, Doctors just gave the OK for them to return home yesterday.
The twins’ mother, Jenni Ezell, was emotional when she told NBC 5 News, “It’s what we’ve been waiting for.” Owen and Emmett Ezell have been recovering at Our Children’s House at Baylor rehabilitation center in Dallas, ever since their surgery was performed last August at Mercy City Children’s Hospital.
Through tears, Jenni added, “Just imagine having two healthy happy babies home.” The brothers were born June 15, 2013, connected at the stomach from their chests to their belly buttons, sharing a liver and intestines.
Since doctors performed the risky surgery to remove the twins, they’ve had to also undergo countless other procedures. The boys have endured everything from infections to setbacks, which led to months of rehab.
Although both boys can now breathe on their own, they have tubes in their chests to assist their oxygen delivery. Owen and Emmett will also have a nurses providing care around the clock for them at home.
Jenni says that they are fortunate to have a support system of friends and relatives nearby. The boys also have two older male siblings at home, who are just as excited to welcome their little brothers home.
As for what’s next for these two little kiddos? Learning how to eat and walk on their own! We wish them the best of luck!