Ten-month-old conjoined twins Erin and Abby Delaney were successfully separated from each other at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The twins were joined to each other by their head, in a rare condition known as craniopagus. - From Tech Times
On June 6, surgeons at the CHOP or Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were able to successfully separate the baby girls who are hailing from North Carolina.
Before the decision was made to separate the conjoined twins, physicians at the CHOP developed unique exercises and treatments for the twins including occupational, physical, and speech therapy.
The actual surgery and reconstruction of the conjoined twins' skull was preceded by months of careful planning and preparation by the 30-member Philadelphia hospital team, which included health officials specializing in many areas of medicine.
In the first half of the surgery, the surgeons focused on separating the conjoined twins' common blood vessels and the dura, which is the tough membrane that protects our brain.
In the surgery's second stage, the team of doctors were divided into two.