Mother holds previously conjoined son for first time

(Montefiore Hospital)

NEW YORK (WCMH) – The mother of once-conjoined twins is calling the moment where she was able to hold one of her sons one of the most profound of her life.

Nicole McDonald was able to cradle her 13-month-old son Jadon alone for the first time ever.

Doctors at Montefiore Hospital in New York separated Jadon and his brother Anias last week in a 27-hour series of surgeries.

READ MORE: Conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

Nicole had to wait to hold Jadon until doctors removed a breathing tube. She has yet to hold Anias. Doctos say he is recovering slower than Jadon.

The brothers were born conjoined at the head. Their surgery was the 59th such surgery to be completed since 1952. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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