Conjoined Twins' Mom Hopes for Christmas at Home - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Conjoined Twins' Mom Hopes for Christmas at Home

The 8-month old twins, Allison and Amelia Tucker, are recovering after being separated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia



    Conjoined twin baby girls from New York are recovering after being separated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. NBC10's Dawn Timmeney talks about what could be next for the girls. (Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012)

    Allison and Amelia Tucker, of Adams, N.Y., are recovering at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after undergoing separation surgery on Wednesday.

    A team of 40 physicians, nurses and medical staff worked for seven hours to separate the girls, who were joined at the lower chest and abdomen.

    “Like all separations of conjoined twins, this was a very complex surgery, but it went very well and as expected,” said lead surgeon Dr. Holly Hedrick.

    After the surgery, the twins' mother, Shellie Tucker, wrote this message on her webpage.

    "Today it is a time to celebrate, to be thankful, to appreciate, to praise, and to enjoy this weight lifted off our shoulders. Greg and I are proud to announce our girls Amelia and Allison are separated successfully.
    Today started off with fear, anxiousness, nervousness, and excitement. Greg and I went into this knowing some facts but not all. We trusted our surgeons and hoped for the best. We never could imagine the outcome being as great as it was."

    She says the girls have a long recovery ahead and the family is hoping to spend Christmas at home.

    "Our next step is to get then healed so we can get them home before Christmas. Please pray we can! Thank you to everyone across the world who prayed for us," said Tucker on her webpage.

    If you would like to leave a message for Allison and Amelia and their family, please comment below. NBC10 will share the link with the family.


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