Texas hospital successfully separates conjoined twins

A complex surgical procedure at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas resulted in the successful separation of conjoined twins, AmieLynn Rose and JamieLynn Rae Finley, on Monday. The infants, born prematurely to Fort Worth residents Amanda Arciniega and James Finley, were joined along the abdomen and shared skin, muscle, and organs.

The separation surgery, a first for the hospital, involved a team of 25 medical professionals and took 11 hours to complete. The infants are now recovering well. Conjoined twins are a rare occurrence, affecting about 1 in every 50,000 to 200,000 births, and of those who survive birth, only 25% are eligible for separation surgery.

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