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Successfully Separated Conjoined Twins In A Critical Yet Stable Condition

provided to surgeons as they repositioned the boys. They explained that they had then separated the muscles, tissues and GI systems of the boys.

The parents of the twins explained that they were born on the 10th of May, joined at the lower back with conjoined spinal cords. The family members explained that the parents kept receiving periodic updates as they were in the hospital waiting room. In an interview earlier in the day Benzschawel said, “It's been a roller coaster, you have a mix of every emotion possible pretty much the worst feeling.”

Family members and friends also assembled in the room, to give their moral support to the parents and for helping them pass time by playing Monopoly. Shaw who was wearing a green T-shirt with the words ‘Feelin Lucky?’ said, “I'm kind of a superstitious person.”

Both of them gave their heart filled thanks to all the staff at the hospital stating that, “ We've been here since April, the hospital staff is almost like another family. We couldn't get through it without them.” It was reported that Melissa Buckles, a mother whose conjoined twins were separated at the same hospital two years ago also came up to give her comfort and solace to the parents.

Conjoined twins happen about once in every 50,000 to 100,000 births, with only around 20% surviving to become viable candidates for separation. The Shaw twin’s family have reportedly set up a fund for the boys called the Mateo and McHale Shaw Fund, in care of the Kohler Credit Union, 850 Woodlake Road, Kohler, Wis., 53044.

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