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Formerly conjoined twins, separated with rare procedure, going home from CHOP

Formerly conjoined twins, separated with rare procedure, going home from CHOP

"Riley and I are so grateful for the care our girls have received here and so excited to take them home-just in time for the holidays".

Erin and Abby Delaney were attached at the tops of their heads when they were born in July 2016. Delaney said it was "neat" for her and her husband Riley "to have a front-row seat to this and watch them overcome these incredible obstacles".

In June, a teams of 30 surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other specialists performed the successful surgery and reconstruction on the then-10-month-old twins. The twins will be back for additional surgeries, but for now the auto is packed and they're on their way home for the holidays.

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"The girls are inspiring", said mother Heather Delaney. "We know that children heal better and faster the younger they are, therefore our goal for Erin and Abby was separation as soon as possible with minimum number of surgeries".

Erin and Abby will require additional surgeries as they mature, but the team at CHOP said they're optimistic about their progress so far and about their long-term potential. The girls spent more than a year at CHOP. Granted things happen and I can't say for sure that that will happen but Erin is already discharged and that's half the battle.

But on Monday, the girls were released and were on their way home to North Carolina, where they will sleep in their own room for the first time.


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