Conjoined twins separated in 11-hour surgery

A team of 25 medical professionals has successfully separated conjoined twin sisters, a Texas hospital announced Wednesday.

AmieLynn Rose and JamieLynn Rae Finley are joined in the abdomen and share a liver, according to Cook Children’s Medical Center.

The hospital warned that the recovery process was still in its early stages, but noted the twins were doing well.

“Our team at Cook Children’s Hospital is honored to bring together our collective expertise in treating high-risk infants and performing complex procedures to help AmieLynn and JamieLynn reach this incredible milestone,” said Jose L. Iglesias, MD Said he was the head surgeon.

The girls were born at 34 weeks in October 2022. At the time, they weighed less than 5 pounds. They are groomed in the hospital to prepare for surgery.

The medical team reportedly studied the girls’ scans and built anatomical models of them in preparation for their operations.

The hospital said the operation lasted 11 hours.

The girls will continue to receive treatment at the medical center over the next few months, focusing on their recovery and continued development.

“I am grateful to this family for trusting us to do what we can to help change their daughter’s future,” said Rick W. Merrill, President and CEO of Cook Children’s Healthcare System. “This is an amazing moment in Cook Children’s history.” Moment truly showcases the expertise of our medical staff and the highly advanced care we have to provide to children and families across our community, state and country.”

Conjoined twins are rare. It is reported to occur in 1 in 200,000 live births.