Twins conjoined at the head survive intense surgery. 8 months later, doctor breaks news to them Twins conjoined at the head survive intense surgery. 8 months later, doctor breaks news to them
These adorable twin boys are less than 2 years old, but they’re already miraculously eight months past a heart-pounding surgery to separate them, because... Twins conjoined at the head survive intense surgery. 8 months later, doctor breaks news to them

These adorable twin boys are less than 2 years old, but they’re already miraculously eight months past a heart-pounding surgery to separate them, because they were born conjoined at the head. Now, as their health improves, their family is excited about soon being able to welcome them home from the hospital.

In March 2015, Nicole and Christian McDonald found out they were expecting a second baby. When Nicole went for an ultrasound, the couple discovered they were going to instead be adding twins to their family of three, since they already had a 2-year-old son. Shortly after the couple left the doctor’s office, they received a phone call to come back. Another ultrasound needed to be performed. The second ultrasound changed the couple’s life forever.

“I was informed that I was pregnant with craniopagus twins, which in normal language means twins who are joined at the head.”

At first, Nicole and Christian were terrified, but as Nicole wrote on their GoFundMepage, she pulled it together and started researching people who could help her twin boys once they were born. On Sept. 9, 2015, at 11:11 p.m., she underwent an emergency C-section, and the boys were born.

Immediately, the twins were whisked away to the NICU, where they stayed for some time while they grew stronger. The boys, Jadon, which means “God has heard,” and Anias, which means “God has answered,” fought tough battles for the first four months they spent in the hospital. The McDonalds dreamed of holding little Jadon and Anias separately in their arms, but they would have to wait until they were separated.

In October 2016, the twins underwent a 27-hour surgery to separate them.


©Facebook | Nicole McDonald

It was a success. In total, 40 people, led by Dr. James Goodrich, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital of Montefiore, assisted with the surgery. Even the recovery was considered a huge success. “Nine weeks is an exceptionally short time for what they underwent and it exceeds all of our hopes and expectations,” Dr. Oren Tepper, a plastic surgeon on the team, told TODAY.

This clip shows the boys nine weeks after their surgery:

But they still had other battles to fight. During their time in rehab, they contracted multiple infections, and Anias suffered seizures. Life was anything but easy for the McDonalds, though at least they had each other.

In a Facebook post shortly after the twins’ surgery, Nicole wrote, “Finally reunited…there are no words. Just lots of love.”

Throughout the entire process, Nicole has kept family, friends, and well-wishers up to date by posting updates on Facebook, but she writes that there was a time she avoided writing anything. “Frankly, the last few months have built a wall of discouragement around me, trial by trial, brick by brick,” she wrote in April. “I haven’t had the heart to update because I knew I would not be able to break down the wall and provide encouragement through my discouragement.”

Nicole went into detail on Anias and Jadon’s conditions. Jadon was dealing with infections on his skull, and a month earlier, Anias had to be admitted to the PICU. The twins had also caught a cold, which led to many complications for both. But the boys soon recovered, and in May, Nicole decided she’d had enough of the hospital.

Nicole decided it was time to speak up and ask the family’s social worker if it was feasible if they could continue the recovery at home.

In a Facebook post on June 16, Nicole described an interaction with one of the twins’ doctors, “Today, one of the doctors came in and said that at their weekly meeting they brought up the question ‘When is it time for the McDonald boys to go home?’ She said, ‘I don’t want to scare you with this concept but what do you think about moving in this direction?’”

She continued, “Oh man, home…I honestly can’t even fathom this…a true dream come true. I’ve been praying to God a lot about this lately, putting the process in his hands…he still hears, he still answers… Home. Wow.”

Throughout the McDonalds’ journey, a documentary crew followed the family around, documenting the surgery to the boys’ recovery process in rehab. The hour-long documentary premiered on CNN on June 23 at 10 p.m.

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  • Destiny

    2017-10-28 #1 Author

    Wow very interesting!

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    • Shania

      2017-10-31 #2 Author

      God truly works wonders!

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    • Shianca

      2017-11-02 #3 Author

      Thank GOD they Are Ok .. Good is Good .. Praying for many blessings you all way

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  • JBFromDG

    2017-10-28 #4 Author

    Omg 😮 So Glad They Are Ok

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  • Ladii

    2017-10-28 #5 Author

    Isn’t God good I’m glad they’re going home 😍

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  • Tymeria Jones

    2017-10-28 #6 Author

    Wow , God is Real 🤞🏽❤️ Complete BLESSING!

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  • Darieon Gibson

    2017-10-28 #7 Author

    God bless this family

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  • Vanessa

    2017-10-28 #8 Author

    Its amazing what doctor’s can do thise baby have a chance at a good life go bless ur family

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  • Rebecca

    2017-10-28 #9 Author

    I have read about conjoined twins but this is the first I’ve read about them being separated truly blessed

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  • Camesha

    2017-10-28 #10 Author

    Wow this is very deep

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  • Kesha

    2017-10-29 #11 Author

    God bless them… so happy everything went well

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  • Rozena fuller

    2017-10-29 #12 Author

    This is amazing ❤️❤️❤️

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  • Lil baby Erica

    2017-10-29 #13 Author

    What a blessing! Amen.

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  • Furmann Bailey

    2017-10-29 #14 Author

    That’s Crazy ..

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  • Allie rey

    2017-10-29 #15 Author

    Yessss ! God bless boys

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  • Solly

    2017-10-29 #17 Author

    Wish you a long life boys 😘😘

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  • Solly

    2017-10-29 #18 Author

    Wish you all the best boys, may you live an ever lasting life and grow older and older 😘😘

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  • Hennnessey

    2017-10-29 #19 Author

    Good bless them

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  • Ashley Sain

    2017-10-30 #21 Author

    This article was really heart touching & brought tears to my eyes. I can only imagine what she was going through. You can’t tell me my God isn’t an awesome God🙌🏽

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  • Maylani

    2017-10-30 #22 Author

    I’m so glad they recovered and are doing good, it’s such a blessing!❤️

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  • Markeshia

    2017-10-30 #23 Author

    What a blessing !❤️

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  • Kyla

    2017-10-30 #24 Author

    May God bless them and be with there family ❤ I wishes them them the best of luck

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  • Rauld Obam

    2017-10-30 #25 Author

    Thanks to God that saved them

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  • Marissa gray

    2017-10-30 #26 Author

    God bless them 🙏

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  • Nyneka

    2017-10-30 #27 Author

    Such a blessing. Look at God

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  • Cidtra

    2017-10-30 #28 Author

    Glad Their Fine😩

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  • sherry annr

    2017-10-30 #29 Author

    Godbless This family!! 😇😇

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  • Candra

    2017-10-30 #30 Author

    Touching article….. May God bless them. ❤️

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  • Lexy

    2017-10-30 #31 Author

    Omg god bless them

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  • Quella

    2017-10-31 #32 Author

    This is truly a blessing !! Now they both can have a blessed and better life!

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  • Tichina

    2017-10-31 #33 Author

    Amen🙏🏾 God bless the family

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  • Kristine alvarez

    2017-10-31 #34 Author

    God is good all the time! God Bless!

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  • Ahgyst

    2017-10-31 #35 Author

    God bless this family 💜

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  • Madysyn

    2017-10-31 #36 Author

    Strong family 💛

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  • Allante Coker

    2017-10-31 #37 Author

    This brought tears to my eyes But god is so awesome and wonderful I’m glad they doing good

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  • Shavonta

    2017-10-31 #38 Author

    Glad they are well and at home

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  • Kim

    2017-10-31 #39 Author

    ❤️ glad they doing well

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  • Miracle

    2017-10-31 #40 Author

    This is amazing ! So glad they’re are healthy and recovered well ❤️❤️

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  • Samuel Soto

    2017-10-31 #41 Author

    Thanks to for that tooked care of them during they’re surgery, Im so happy they are doing great!!

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  • Terineka Allen

    2017-11-01 #42 Author

    I enjoyed reading this

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  • Brooklyn Greer

    2017-11-01 #43 Author

    Wow that’s amazing.

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  • Raneshia ezell

    2017-11-01 #44 Author

    This is a blessing from God!!!

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  • Monique Ariel Ortiz

    2017-11-01 #45 Author

    so blessed!🙌🏼🙌🏼❤️

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  • James Griffin

    2017-11-01 #46 Author

    Wow ! God is amazing 😇

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  • Lamarylynn Rushing

    2017-11-01 #47 Author

    GOD truly is working

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  • Priscilla J.

    2017-11-01 #48 Author

    Wow, God has really been there with their family every step of the way.

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  • Sunny

    2017-11-01 #49 Author

    What a blessing

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  • Barry

    2017-11-01 #50 Author

    God is good they are beautiful

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  • Brittani Harris

    2017-11-01 #51 Author

    God bless these little angels❤️😇

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  • Latrice Triplett

    2017-11-01 #52 Author

    Amen. Glad they are doing ok….

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  • Kc Samson

    2017-11-02 #53 Author

    To God be all The glory! 👶🏼👶🏼💕

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  • Janae Barnes

    2017-11-02 #54 Author

    Praying for these precious babies..

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  • Maris

    2017-11-02 #55 Author

    God is GREAT !!!

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  • Derserraye

    2017-11-02 #56 Author

    I’m glad their doing better

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  • Keria

    2017-11-03 #57 Author

    What a blessing

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  • Madison

    2017-11-03 #58 Author

    Truly Amazing 😫❤️

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  • JoannaMarie

    2017-11-03 #59 Author

    God is so kind…so lovely

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  • JhoannaMarie

    2017-11-03 #60 Author

    GOD is so kind. Theyre so lovely and blessed

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  • LHEX FRANCIA

    2017-11-03 #61 Author

    This is truly a blessing… Now they both can have a blessed and better life….

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  • Sharonda Shelton

    2017-11-03 #62 Author

    God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers!! A true blessing!

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  • Kiara Blakey

    2017-11-03 #63 Author

    Amazing!! God is good!

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  • Anne billa

    2017-11-03 #64 Author

    It’s amazing story.

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  • LaurainePink

    2017-11-03 #65 Author

    Wow😯God is wonderful..😊

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  • Bree troutman

    2017-11-04 #66 Author

    That’s Wonderful Beautiful Blessings ❤️😍

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  • Yana

    2017-11-04 #67 Author

    God is good all the time. God bless you both. 🙂

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  • Leslie Swanigan

    2017-11-04 #68 Author

    But God! They are so blessed

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  • Kayla cameron

    2017-11-04 #69 Author

    They are really blessed

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  • Kayla

    2017-11-04 #70 Author

    God is great. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • Makeda Obi

    2017-11-04 #71 Author

    Prayers to guide n protect them durin this journey n wishing all d best

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  • Brandi martinez

    2017-11-05 #72 Author

    Gob bless these babies and this family… 💜❤

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  • rochelle matibag

    2017-11-06 #73 Author

    God is truly amazing! Godbless this family 💕

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