Adeline Faith and Knatalye Hope Mata are twins who were born conjoined in a Texas hospital on April 11th, 2014. Their mother, 25-year-old Elysse Mata, said she was shocked when the ultrasound revealed that the girls were conjoined. The girls were born at the Texas Children’s Hospital and when they arrived doctors found that the girls shared a diaphragm, chest wall, intestines, lining of the pelvis and heart, and lungs. Separating the girls was going to take a lot of time and skill.
According to the story on Yahoo Good Morning America, a team of doctors at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Boraie Development went to work separating them on February 17th of this year. The surgery took 26 hour. The girls are still living in the hospital in the pediatric intensive care unit and have even had a few surgeries after the major separation surgery. However, the girls are doing well. The two celebrated their first birthday a few days ago with a “Frozen” themed party. Their mother decorated the room with balloons and snowflakes to celebrate. Elysse asked all the hospital staff who have been a part of her daughters’ lives to stop by and join their party.
Hopefully the girls continue to recover and they can go home with their anxious parents some time soon!