10-Month-Old Conjoined Twins Survive 26-Hour Separation Surgery Requiring 12 Doctors

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 24, 2015   |   12:40PM   |   Houston, Texas

At LifeNews.com over the years, we’ve profiled a number of conjoined twins. In some cases, parents of the twins were given suggestions by doctors to have an abortion. In other cases, the babies were given a chance at life and they were unable to be separated because their unique medical situation made it medically dangerous to perform the surgery, which could have placed their lives at risk.

In those later cases like Tatiana and Christa, who are joined at the head, while some people in society would view them as “freaks” who have a low “quality of life,” they can see through each others’ eyes and they totally support each other physically and emotionally.

Here’s another case of conjoined twins displaying the beauty of life. In this case, doctors said they would be able to separate them in a that would involve as many as 30 doctors. Now, they’ve done just that.

“I know that we’re going be successful at separating them and I know that they’re both going to walk into their kindergarten classes just like any other kid. And by the time they get to be that age they’re going have forgotten all these processes and everything they went through,” said Dr. Cass before the surgery. “From a technical standpoint I’m 100% sure we’re going to get through this. There are lots of challenges and things that can happen and complications that can arise but I’m confident we’re going to get through it.”

And they got through it with flying colors!


In this case, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, aged 10 months, were born last year connected by the chest and abdomen. The twins shared several major organs including lungs, liver, intestines, colon, pelvis and lining of the heart.

They underwent a complex 26-hour operation to separate them at the Texas Children’s Hospital where a team of 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses carried out the surgery. The twins are now recovering in the intensive care unit of the hospital and may have to undergo further procedures.




As the twins’ mother says, she is eternally grateful that the two girls can now live their own lives without the challenges of being connected.

And now their mother Elysse says she can’t thank the surgeons enough for giving her daughters the chance to live separate lives.

She said: ‘We know how much planning and time went into this surgery and we are so blessed to be at a place like Texas Children’s where we have access to the surgeons and caretakers that have made this dream a reality.


We also want to express our gratitude to all of the people that have prayed and provided support to our family over the last 10 months.

To prepare for the major surgery earlier this month, both Knatalye and Adeline underwent a five hour procedure in December to place custom-made tissue expanders into their chest and abdomen.

The tissue expanders helped to stretch the babies’ skin in preparation for their separation surgery.

Models of their organs were also created so doctors could carry out simulations of the operation before the actual surgery.

During the operation, the team worked for around 23 hours on Knatalye and for 26 on Adeline with the official separation taking place 18 hours into the procedure.