COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Twin girls born joined at the pelvic and hip region and successfully separated on September 3 after a complex separation surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are turning one today.
The girls, Acen and Apio, are celebrating while still in the hospital after surgery earlier this month, according to a press release from the hospital. It is not yet known how long Acen and Apio will remain at Nationwide Children’s. They will both need to have one additional surgery to remove their colostomies, which they have had since shortly after birth. The sisters, who couldn’t see each other’s faces until after surgery, are happy to see one another as they heal.
A surgical team of more than 30 experts performed the operation, which lasted 16 hours. The girls were joined at the hip and spine.
Specialists in pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, colorectal surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology and nursing worked as a team. Conjoined twins occur in about 1 in every 200,000 pregnancies.