After 27 hours of surgery, Anias has joined Jadon in recovery. These twins have been on our minds all day — and we’re so happy that they’re back with Mom, Dad, and big brother Aza.
The boys’ mother, Nicole McDonald posted on Facebook around 3 p.m. that Anias had pulled through the extra hours of his surgery.”Finally reunited,” she wrote. “How surreal.”
Nicole, surprisingly, felt no shock at seeing her previously conjoined sons as separate children. “I now realize that I always saw you as separate because seeing you like this is really nothing different to me … This is how I always saw you,” she said. With both their beloved boys back in their sight, Nicole and Christian McDonald must be feeling wave after wave of relief.
But now is when the fight really begins, acknowledged Nicole: “Now it’s time to step forward into the new chapter of our life. I’m ready to fight and I know you are too.” The next week will be critical — the boys will remain intubated to allow the swelling and pain from the surgery to dissipate. The operation, however, is nothing short of miraculous, considering that the McDonald boys are only the 59th set of twins to have this kind of separation surgery. Nicole thanked the boys’ incredible medical team for all of their efforts — and for delivering her boys back to her, safe and sound.
Update, 10/14/2016: It’s official — the McDonald twins have been separated. But they’re not out of the woods just yet.
The separation took place early Friday morning around 3 a.m. Thankfully, the boys’ parents, Nicole and Christina McDonald, have kept the world updated on Nicole’s Facebook page. In a post made around 4 a.m., Nicole told her followers that after 16 hours of surgery, Dr. James Goodrich of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, was in good spirits. “Well we did it … [But] These boys were right there on top exclaimed,” meaning that the McDonald boys have been his toughest separation case in his career. The scans could not have predicted the real amount of brain tissue the boys shared — which ended up being much more than previously anticipated. Goodrich nearly called off the surgery, but somehow found a way.