Conner, a formerly conjoined twin finally gets to see home after over 1 year of treatment and reconstructive surgery. His brother Carter, however, will have to stay a little longer until doctors are convinced that he is go to go, too.
Conner and Carter were born 13 months ago as conjoined twins to a Florida couple. Separating the twins was a challenging task, since they shared a large portion of the abdomen and had fused livers. Surgeons at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours Children’s Specialty Care patiently performed on the boys multiple surgeries including a 12-hour-long procedure to finally separate them last spring .
On Jan. 21, Conner was finally discharged, and his parents were relieved to get to spend time with their son in the comfort of their home. On Wednesday, Bryan Mirabal, the twins’ father, told reporters that he could hardly wait to teach the boy about pets and cars.
“That’s the fun part, getting to be a dad,”
said a joyous Mr. Mirabal.
Carter, nevertheless, requires more treatment. Both boys have spent their entire lives among medical staffers. About 200 medical professionals worked together to help the twins get a normal life.
But after 13 months, the twins faced another type of separation, as Conner bade Carter goodbye for the first time since their birth. Their mother, Michelle Brantley, said that the kids played a little before the twin was discharged.
Carter cried a bit on that day, but he soon calmed down as his brother kept smiling at him and grabbing his hand. Their parents said on Wednesday, that the boys may not yet realize yet that they’re siblings but they would soon do.
Dr. Daniel Robie, the pediatric surgeon who separated the formerly conjoined twins at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., noted that he and other medical staffers would miss the kid after getting used to see him daily for more than 12 months.
Still, Dr. Robie was positive that this was the right thing to do since for Conner it would be better to stay with his mom and dad no matter how difficult this might be for the ones who took care of him in the past year.
A video taken by a medical worker shows Brantley putting Conner in the family car on the big day. Surprisingly, though he is only 13 months old, the boy apparently smiles and waves at the people who cared for him all this time.
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