NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a set of conjoined twins who were attached at the head says they have been separated following a procedure at a New York City hospital.
Nicole McDonald wrote in a Friday morning Facebook that her 13-month old sons, Jadon and Anias, were separated following 16 hours of surgery at Montefiore Medical Center. She later posted a picture of Jadon alone in a hospital bed. She said Anias was still undergoing surgery to reconstruct his skull and make it whole.
“If there was ever a time that we needed prayers in this entire voyage…this would be the time. I keep picturing Anias smiling behind his right middle finger in his mouth. Twenty four hours ago he was so rambunctious…full of life.
God please give me my baby back. Jadon is such a rock star. They said he hardly batted an eye through the whole procedure in terms of maintaining his vitals. It’s a bit surreal to sit here and type this…I should feel so happy…TWO SEPARATE BABIES!!!…and yet I ache with the uncertainty of the future. I didn’t cry until the surgeon’s left the room. I was barely able to even utter the words “thank you” because of the pit that still sits heavy in my stomach,” she wrote in the Facebook post.
McDonald later posted a picture of Jadon alone in a hospital bed. She said Anias was still undergoing surgery.
McDonald describes the atmosphere as “one of celebration mixed with uncertainty.” She says Jadon did better than Anias during the procedure, adding that doctors predict he may not be able to move part of his body at first.