Conjoined Twins Separated by Surgical Team at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC During Complex, 24-Hour Procedure
The twins were conjoined from the breast bone to the groin
The 2-year-old twin girls —
The team that separated Dagian and Danielle was led by
The girls were conjoined from the breast bone to the groin. Among the many challenges facing the team was the fact that the twins shared a colon and had livers that were connected. They also shared a third leg.
“This complex separation was the culmination of 18 months of preparation and planning. The surgery itself went extremely well and we’re very optimistic that Dagian and Danielle will continue their strong recovery,” Dr. Losee said. “It’s important to emphasize how remarkable it was to have more than 50 people working together in such a smooth and orchestrated fashion to ensure the best possible outcome for these two beautiful little girls. They still face future risks and surgeries, but we look forward to watching them live long, happy lives.”
The twins spent the majority of their first two years of life as patients at Children’s Hospital, undergoing more than 10 procedures during the 18-month period of preparation. The procedures included the placement of tissue expanders, which were used to stretch the skin to allow for reconstruction following the separation. They likely will require further reconstructive procedures in the future, according to Dr. Losee.
“It was such a difficult decision to make, and I knew the separation involved a very complicated surgery. I was scared, but I wanted the girls to be separated so they could give them the best life possible. When I met the team at Children’s Hospital in
Dagian and Danielle were ischiopagus twins, meaning they were joined at the pelvis and shared a colon. Conjoined twins are rare and occur in about one in every 100,000 births.
The team leaders from the various specialties involved in their separation are:
For more information about Dr. Losee or the team, please visit www.chp.edu.
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