A formerly conjoined twin was released from hospital three months after a 26-hour surgery that had never before been successful and just in time for Mother’s Day.
Knatalye Hope Mata was released from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston on Friday. She was separated from her twin Adeline Faith Mata in February, when they were just ten months old.
Adeline Faith will remain at the hospital until she too is healthy enough to go home, which doctors expect to be in the next few months, hospital officials said. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Formerly conjoined twins Knatalye Hope (left) and Adeline Faith (right) have been recovering at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston since being separated in February.
2. Knatalye Hope went home from the hospital on Friday, while her sister Adeline Faith will remain in care until she’s healthy enough to be released.
The formerly conjoined twins had both been in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit following their surgery. Each girl has had a few surgeries after the separation, however doctors decided on Friday that Knatalye was now strong enough to be released.
The twins’ mother, Elysse Mata, was shocked to learn that the twins were conjoined when she was pregnant with them. She said:
I was speechless, it was so unexpected.
The girls’ middle names are Hope and Faith, she said, because you can’t have one without the other.
3. Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith were born in April 2014, sharing a chest wall, lungs, heart lining, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.
4. Knatalye Hope, pictured here with her mother, Elysse Mata, was taken home on Friday, two days before Mother’s Day.
When the girls were born on April 11, 2014, at Texas Children’s Hospital, they shared the same chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.
Each twin weighed about three-and-a-half pounds at birth.
In February, a team of more than 26 medics, including 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses at the Texas Children’s Hospital, operated to separate the ten-month-old girls.
The 26-hour surgery marked the first time that twins who were conjoined at the chest and abdomen were successfully separated.
5. Doctors prepare to begin the procedure after the girls are given anesthetic. Before the surgery, staff made 3D models of the twins’ organs in order to practice how they would carry out the procedure.
6. The girls’ father John Eric struggles contain his emotion after both of his daughters survived the operation, which had never before been attempted.
And now their happy mother Elysse admits that she can’t thank the surgeons enough for giving her twins 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 ten months.
The Mata family will remain in Houston until Adeline Faith becomes strong enough to return home.
7. Formerly conjoined twins thrive a month after the separation surgery.
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