Dr. Christopher Moir was in charge of completely separating the conjoined Carlsen twins, and it was a painstaking endeavor. Indeed, as he and his team attempted to detach the girls’ internal organs from one another, one false move could have resulted in death for one or both of the babies. So, when the surgery was completed 12 hours later, had both the girls managed to survive? And if the twins did make it through the operation, what were the consequences for their health?
Well, the surgeons still had to make some tricky decisions and also faced a few critical situations during the op. These moments, moreover, if handled incorrectly, could have resulted in death for one or both of the twins.
At 11 years of age, the Carlsen twins are giggly and full of beans with a penchant for gymnastics, trampolining and fashion. However, they also have a very competitive streak, battling over their assignment marks and art projects. “They’re always asking, ‘How’d she do? How’d she do?’” Amy told the Star Tribune.
Indeed, both girls survived, and within just two weeks they were back at the family home. In fact, since that day more than ten years ago, the twins have thrived, with parents Amy and Jesse watching them grow up with a mix of awe, bewilderment and, of course, concern.
Indeed, while looking up at the cameras with their innocent eyes, the newborn babes would have been blissfully unaware of their dangerous predicament. Specifically, the little pair were attached from the abdomen up to the chest; as a result, Isabelle’s heart was partially situated within Abby’s chest. In addition, some of their other internal organs had also become entwined.
Isabelle and Abby are two 11-year-old sisters who live with their parents, Jesse and Amy. And although they now reside in Mandan, North Dakota, these happy-go-lucky fifth-graders actually started life in Minnesota.
Furthermore, the conjoined twins also had only one small intestine and liver between them. And because of the critical situation the small pair were in, doctors at Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic kept the girls there for the first six months of their little lives.