When Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born they shared a chest, stomach, and pelvis.
Months of prepartation precede the surgery led by a team of more than 26 medical professionals from various specialties to separate the chest wall, lungs, diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon, pelvis, and lining of the heart.
One year after being separated at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston in Febuary 2015, they are thriving.
“We always knew they were gonna thrive,” said their mother, Elysse Mata. “I just don’t think we expected them to do as good as they are doing.”
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The separation of the Mata twins reported lasted a grueling 26 hours. The girls face a tough road ahead as they have more surgeries scheduled, but their mother said that the additional operations are necessary for them to lead full and healthy lives.
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