Surgeon Makes History After Performing A Rare Procedure

Jun 17, 2015 By Mary Madsen
These doctors deserve a huge round of applause. While no surgery is without its dangers, this particular operation is rare and risky.

Conjoined twins occur once in every 200,000 live births, and few survive past the first day (somewhere between five and 25 percent). After birth, doctors utilize MRI, ultrasound and angiography procedures to determine which organs the twins share. Only after this process is done can doctors attempt to assess if separation is possible.

While success rates have improved, it is still a risk some choose not to take. At least one twin has survived in about 75 percent of surgeries since 1950, but that's far from ideal. The lucky little girls here certainly beat the odds.
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