Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata were born in Texas last April and were welcomed by parents Elysse and John Eric.
The couple, from Lubbock, were told that their twin girls would be conjoined and when they were born it was found their shared the same chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.
Earlier this month, a team of more than 26 clinicians, including 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses at the Texas Children’s Hospital operated to separate the 10-month-olds.
The 26-hour surgery was the first time twins conjoined at the chest and abdomen in this way had been separated successfully.
And now their mother Elysse says she can’t thank the surgeons enough for giving her daughters the chance to live separate lives.
She said: ‘We know how much planning and time went into this surgery and we are so blessed to be at a place like Texas Children’s where we have access to the surgeons and caretakers that have made this dream a reality.
‘We also want to express our gratitude to all of the people that have prayed and provided support to our family over the last 10 months.
To prepare for the major surgery earlier this month, both Knatalye and Adeline underwent a five hour procedure in December to place custom-made tissue expanders into their chest and abdomen.