Conjoined twins separated successfully at Texas Children's Hospital

By Marisa Breese - News Producer, Haley Hernandez - Health Reporter

Texas conjoined twins have been separated in a surgery that's never been successful before.

Texas Children's Hospital released information at midnight that the conjoined twins were successfully separated last week.

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata will now live separate lives in separate bodies.
It's a victory for them and the entire medical field.

On February 17, the girls' team of 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists, eight surgical nurses and several others, worked to separate the girls who shared a chest wall, lungs, diaphragm, intestines, colon and pelvis.

Now doctors confidently declare the surgery a success when they had never before indicated just how much was at risk.

During the complex surgery, the team worked for approximately 23 hours on Knatalye and 26 hours on Adeline with the official separation occurring approximately 18 hours into the surgery. It is anticipated they will undergo additional surgeries in the future.

"This is the first time a separation surgery for thoraco-omphalo-ischiopagus twins with this particular configuration has been successful," said Dr. Darrell Cass, pediatric surgeon, co-director of Texas Children's Fetal Center and associate professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. "This surgery was not without its challenges with the girls sharing several organ systems.  Our team has been preparing for this surgery for months and we've done everything from working with our radiology experts to build a 3-D model of their organs, to conducting simulations of the actual separation surgery."

The girls will stay at the hospital until they're strong enough to leave. They turn one-year-old in April and have never left the hospital.