This is the astonishing moment a pair of conjoined twins saw each other for the very first time after they endured a mammoth 27-hour operation to separate their heads,
Jadon and Anias McDonald have not been able to see each other for 13 months after they were born joined at the head.
But medics at the Children’s Hospital at Montifiore Medical Centre in New York successfully carried out life-threatening surgery that enabled the boys to stare open-mouthed after they finally caught sight of one another.
The twins are set to be moved to rehab after five weeks recovery before they are eventually allowed to go home.
The previous record for recovery from craniopagus surgery was eight weeks.
Surgeon Dr James Goodrich, the world’s leading expert on twins conjoined at the head, said “Historically, this will be the fastest (recovery).”
Their mother, Nicole McDonald added: “It’s the most amazing thing. I just can’t even believe it.”
The boys shared brain tissue and had entwined blood vessels but will soon learn to crawl, walk and lift their separate heads independently.
Their condition affects just one in every 10 million live births.