Formerly Conjoined Twins Make Public Debut at CHOP

Newly separated twins Allison and Amelia Tucker were introduced at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Thursday

By Cecilia Duffy
|  Thursday, Dec 20, 2012  |  Updated 8:28 PM EDT
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Conjoined twins successfully separated at CHOP made their Philadelphia debut on Thursday. NBC10's Marisa Brahney spoke to the mother and father of the little Allison and Amelia Tucker.

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Conjoined twins successfully separated at CHOP made their Philadelphia debut on Thursday. NBC10's Marisa Brahney spoke to the mother and father of the little Allison and Amelia Tucker.

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Formerly Conjoined Twins Make Debut

Following a successful separation last month, the parents of formerly conjoined twins introduce their 9-month old twin girls, Allison and Amelia Tucker at CHOP.
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The formerly conjoined twins from upstate New York made their public debut Thursday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Nine-month-old Allison and Amelia Tucker were successfully separated back in November.

The twins were joined at the lower chest and abdomen.They shared their chest wall, diaphragm, and liver. They underwent a seven-hour surgery, performed by a 40-member medical team.

Surgeons say the twins are thriving and both are doing very well.  Allison was discharged from the hospital this week, while Amelia remains there.

"It's been a pure roller coaster of emotions, but I wouldn't trade it for anything," said Shellie Tucker, the girls' mother, who says the family's faith helped them through this journey.

She describes Allison as the feisty, loud one, while Amelia is more laid back and easy-going.

The surgery was the 21st separation of conjoined twins performed at the hospital.

 


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