Conjoined twins from Nigeria have been separated after a lengthy operation at a Tennessee hospital.
Multiple news outlets report the 1-year-old twins, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, were separated following an 18-hour procedure at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. The girls were conjoined at the lower half of the body.
Arik Air sponsored their flight. The babies were born on Nov.16, 2015 at St. Patrick Hospital Enugu, to Mr Samuel Olusegun Ayeni and Mrs Mary Abiodun Ayeni, both of Kogi State.
The twin girls, who are conjoined in the pelvic region, were taken to The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, immediately after delivery. They were then moved to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), before being flown out.
According to a statement by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the surgery to separate them took 18 hours. Le Bonheur is holding a news conference Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. about the twins.