'I just can't even believe it': Parents stunned as conjoined twins make record recovery

Formerly conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald have made a record recovery after being separated during a life-threatening 27-hour operation.

'I just can't even believe it': Parents stunned as conjoined twins make record recovery

'I just can't even believe it': Parents stunned as conjoined twins make record recovery

Anias and Jadon McDonald had been conjoined at the crown of their heads and underwent craniopagus surgery just six weeks ago at the Montefiore Medical Center’s Children Hospital in New York.

Now, the brothers are set to begin rehab sessions after Thanksgiving — a record pace of recovery following the taxing procedure, CNN reports.

The twins were both conjoined at the head in September 2015. Photo: Facebook

Lead surgeon Dr. James Goodrich told CNN "historically, this will be the fastest (recovery)".

Nicole McDonald shared this snap of her son Jadon as he recovers from surgery. Source: Facebook.

The world's previous record for recovery from such an operation was eight weeks, according to CNN.

Earlier Jadon's parents, Nicole and Christian McDonald, watched on as the white dressing covering their son's head was gently unwrapped four weeks after his operation.

The white dressing covering Jadon's head has been taken off. Source: CNN.

Nicole told CNN she was stunned by the sight of her son's head.

"It's the most amazing thing. I just can't even believe it," she says. "And look at his little hair. On top, it's growing in!"

Jadon is making a remarkable recovery. Source: CNN.

Christian told his son: "You sure are handsome. Look at you. You look like a perfect little boy."

Anias has been slower to recover and his parents say he has a tougher road ahead.

Nicole has shared this moment on Facebook today which showcased Anias' recovery.

The moment the brothers locked eyes on each other for the first time after being successfully separated was also captured and shared on Facebook.

Source: Christine Pogliano Grosso, Facebook.

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Their operation lasted more than 16 hours, with another 11 hours taken to reconstruct their small skulls with tissue expanders to make them two separate individuals.

Dr Goodrich claimed that it was the longest craniopagus surgery since 1952.


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