One of Conjoined Twins Bids Goodbye To Hospital After Receiving Treatment For More Than A Year
First of formerly conjoined twin boys finally had to say goodbye to all staff and healthcare professionals at a pediatric hospital in Jacksonville, Florida after spending more than a year of medical treatment and round-the-clock care.
Baby Conner Mirabal left hospital for home but had to leave his twin brother, Carter, behind in order to get further hospital care.
The conjoined twins were born in December 2014 with severe multiple physical limitations- linked abdomen, fused livers, and one shared small intestine. To ensure survival, both infants underwent a series of surgeries which included a 12-hour operation to separate them.
After his release from the hospital, 20-pound baby Conner got a full-day schedule of warm hugs and kisses with his parents Bryan Mirabal and Michelle Brantley.
"It's teaching time. That's the fun part, getting to be a dad," remarked Mirabal as quoted saying by ABC News.
In Conner's time at the hospital, around 200 healthcare staff and medical personnel attended to the twins' every need.
Sadly, 16-pound Carter has to continue receiving nutritional care and a slew of medical treatments to make sure he'll have better chances of surviving once he leaves the hospital.
"He's actually thriving. He just has a little bit more to go through," said Daniel Robie, one of the pediatric surgeons who did a surgery on the twins, as mentioned by Florida Times-Union.
Before bidding farewell to his brother and his home for 13 months, baby Conner spent some bro-moments with his smaller twin Carter.
"Conner was smiling at him and they were grabbing each other's hands. I don't think they quite understand that they're brothers yet, but they'll get there," exclaimed Brantley as reported by Tech Times.