Parents celebrate formerly conjoined twins after successful surgery Parents celebrate formerly conjoined twins after successful surgery
These brave little babies, conjoined twin sisters, Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth Richards, were successfully separated on Jan. 13 at Texas Children’s Hospital. Paul... Parents celebrate formerly conjoined twins after successful surgery

These brave little babies, conjoined twin sisters, Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth Richards, were successfully separated on Jan. 13 at Texas Children’s Hospital.

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“We’ve thought about and prayed for this day for almost two years,” the girls’ mom, Jill Richards, said on the day of the procedure.

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

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Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

“It’s an indescribable feeling to look at our girls in two separate beds,” Richards added. “We couldn’t be more thankful to the entire team at Texas Children’s for making this dream come true.”

The photos and videos of the emotional day are extremely powerful.

Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital

Allen S. Kramer/Texas Children’s Hospital

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth were born on Dec. 29, 2016. The sisters were delivered via C-section at 35 weeks, weighing only a combined 9 pounds, 12 ounces. They were conjoined at their chest and abdomen, which meant they had a large blood vessel connecting their hearts.

 

In preparation for separation, the hospital said the twin girls had to undergo a previous surgery on Nov.6, 2017, to place tissue expanders inside them to allow their skin to grow and stretch.

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

On Jan. 13, it took a team of nearly 75 surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists and nurses from eight specialties to perform the final seven-hour procedure to allow them to now live separately.

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

“The success of this incredibly complex surgery was the result of our dedicated team members’ hard work throughout the last year,” said Dr. Larry Hollier, surgeon-in-chief and chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s. “Through simulations and countless planning meetings, we were able to prepare for situations that could arise during the separation. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to continuing to care for Anna and Hope as they recover.”

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

Paul Vincent Kuntz/Texas Children’s Hospital

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  • Breanna

    2018-02-14 #1 Author

    This is so beautiful ❤️

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  • Loretha

    2018-02-15 #2 Author

    they are blessed

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  • Loretha

    2018-02-15 #3 Author

    they’re blessed with twins

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  • Breanna McDougal

    2018-02-15 #4 Author

    God is good , Anna and Hope are gorgeous. Congratulations.

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  • Adam

    2018-02-15 #5 Author

    Wow this is amazing that they can perform a surgery like this . I’m so happy for the parents

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  • Constance

    2018-02-15 #6 Author

    God his in control we thank for the life for Anna and Hope.Thank u Jesus

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  • Keisha Nelson

    2018-02-15 #7 Author

    With God all things are possible.. so beautiful 👼👼.

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  • Jacqueline Fletcher

    2018-02-15 #8 Author

    So happy for the parents and the successful surgery 💙

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  • Kiara

    2018-02-15 #9 Author

    This is Amazing! They are a Blessing.

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  • Chasity

    2018-02-15 #10 Author

    Wow! Great job Texas Children’s!

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  • Carmeshia

    2018-02-15 #11 Author

    A amazing story my god bless their hearts 💕

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  • Terri

    2018-02-16 #12 Author

    God bless these beautiful babies they are perfect

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  • Erin Beach

    2018-02-16 #13 Author

    Wow this is so beautiful. Such an incredible blessing !!

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  • Courtney

    2018-02-17 #14 Author

    What a blessing 💙💙💯

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  • Gotti

    2018-02-18 #15 Author

    Awee 😩😩😍😍❤️❤️ That’s so amazing

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  • Kaitlyn maywald

    2018-02-18 #16 Author

    What a beautiful blessing

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  • Rea

    2018-02-19 #17 Author

    All things are possible..god bless those babies

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