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Successfully Separated Conjoined Twins In A Critical Yet Stable Condition

A team of surgeons at Children's National Medical Centre in Washington, D.C had on Wednesday successfully separated 4-month-old conjoined twins who shared a spinal cord and were// joined at the lower back.

It was reported that Mateo and McHale Shaw from Sheboygan, Wisconsin had undergone the complex surgery that lasted for nearly 12 hours into Wednesday night. The hospital authorities had announced that the twin boys were listed as critical but stable early this morning. Chief surgeon Robert Keating, who led a team of 65 health workers, announced, “They are two separate individuals.” He further added that, “Both are doing well.” “All of the vital signs are doing well,”

Claiming that they were emotionally drained and relieved, Ryan Shaw, 28, and Angie Benzschawel, 25, the parents of the boys said, “It's been the longest day but it's been the second-greatest day of our lives, obviously the birth was the first one.” They also said joyfully that “Now, having two individual children that we can pick up at any given time, is going to be great.”

The sources at the hospital announced that the surgery for the separation of Mateo Asher Shaw and McHale Twain Shaw began on Wednesday morning and took the surgeons around 12 1/2 hours to complete. The Plastic surgeons then closed the surgical wounds of the boys late Wednesday night.

Their mother Benzschawel who spent hours waiting for news on her sons explained, “It feels like we've been here for weeks.’ She said, “We are very happy with the results, we've been told that everything went as best as can be.” Though the doctors have announced that the conditions of the twins are still critical, though stable, Dr Keating said it would be days or weeks before their recovery can be gauged.

It was reported that earlier during the day, the surgeons had successfully separated the spinal cord of the twins but had decided o keep their tailbone intact temporarily for the stability it
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