The 15-month-old twins were born conjoined at the head, which is also known as craniopagus twins. This rare occurrence affects one out of every 2.5 million births and almost half, 40 percent, are stillbirths.
A brief video showing Jadon and Anias McDonald gazing at each other and saying “dada” on Facebook shows just how far the boys have come. Only nine weeks after surgery, the formerly conjoined twins have moved to Blythedale Children’s Hospital, a rehab facility, to start the next phase of their recovery.
Nine weeks ago, a team 40 medical staff led by Dr. James Goodrich — director of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Montefiore in the Bronx — separated the twins in an arduous 27-hour surgery. Since then, the twins made a stunning recovery.
Even though the boys made a strong recovery, they faced challenges. Both suffered infections and Anias experienced seizures, a common side effect of the surgery, which involved cutting into brain tissue to separate them.