Rare conjoined twins separated successfully in Memphis (Photos)

By on Sep 15, 2011 in Amazing, Lifestyle, Parenting, Science, United States Comments

Conjoined twins Joshua and Jacob Spates were separated successfully in Memphis, Tennessee with the rare twins connected to each other at the lower spine and pelvis as shown in the photos below.



MRI images of conjoined twins, Joshua and
Jacob Spates

Image Credit: LeBonheur.org

As reported by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital on their official website on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, their doctors have successfully separated the conjoined twins last August 29, 2011.

According to the report, a certain Adrienne Spates gave birth to the conjoined twins last January 24, 2011 via Caesarean section at the Regional Medical Center, a notably rare phenomenon.

Apparently, conjoined twins were noted to be occurring in about one in 100,000 births and the case of Joshua and Jacob Spates represents only 15 percent of conjoined twins.

The Spates conjoined twins were called as pygopagus twins and were joined back to back at the pelvis and lower spine, each with separate hearts, heads and limbs.

“This collaboration of physicians and specialists is the absolute proof of success from years of national recruitment of the best,” Le Bonheur President and CEO Meri Armour was quoted on the report.

“For our team to have successfully separated a case of this complexity and do it flawlessly is a major milestone in health care for the city of Memphis and the region.” Armour added.

As of this writing, the separated conjoined twins still remain at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of the said hospital after enduring a 13-hour critical operation.



Conjoined twins, Joshua and Jacob Spates, at the Le Bonheur’s Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit before separation

Image Credit: LeBonheur.org


Conjoined twins, Joshua and Jacob Spates, at the Le Bonheur’s Neonatal Intensive Care
Unit, while being prepared for their separation

Image Credit: LeBonheur.org


Separated conjoined twins, Joshua and Jacob Spates, at the Le Bonheur’s Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit, with their mother Adrienne

Image Credit: LeBonheur.org


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