Two beautiful baby girls had their public debut last week at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker, formerly conjoined twins, separated at the Hospital on Nov. 7.
Now nearly 10 months old, the twins, from Adams, N.Y., were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, and sharing their chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium and liver.
Until Allison’s discharge, both girls had spent their entire lives inside Children’s Hospital. Amelia, who requires a longer recovery time, will be staying at the Hospital into the new year.
“Both Allison and Amelia are doing well, and we expect them both to enjoy full, healthy and independent lives,” said Holly L. Hedrick, M.D., the pediatric general, thoracic and fetal surgeon who led the 40-member multidisciplinary team that carried out the complex 7-hour separation early last month.
It was the 21st time that The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has separated a pair of conjoined twins.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as a pediatric hospital.
In the picture above: Formerly conjoined twins Allison and Amelia Tucker before their separation surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.