I am elated to report conjoined twins, AmieLynn Rose Finley and JamieLynn Rae Finley, were successfully separated following a “historic” 11-hour surgery performed by Texas doctors on January 23, 2023.
The girls were born prematurely on October 3, 2022, at 34 weeks gestation, weighing 4 pounds, and 7.8 ounces at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
José L. Iglesias, M.D., Medical Director of Pediatric Surgery at Cook Children’s Medical Center and the lead surgeon for the twins’ surgery explained, “They were joined from the lower part of the breastbone to their belly button.”
The sisters lay face-to-face and shared a liver.
Parents James Finley and Amanda Arciniega of Saginaw were overjoyed to see the girls in their separate cribs, laying on their backs for the first time Monday evening.
“It was like walking through a haunted house. You just have to get through it,” said the girl’s father.
James also shared a fun fact about the girl’s personalities differ.
“JaimeLynn is the spunky one. AmieLynn is always laid back,” he said.
He was right on the money because anesthesiologist Chandra Reynolds, M.D. even described how JaimeLynn slapped AmieLynn who had fallen asleep on their way into the operating room.
JamieLynn said, “Nah, sis you gotta wake up it’s our big day!” 🥰
For the first time in Cook Children’s Medical Center’s 105-year history, a team of 25 medical professionals, including 6 surgeons successfully separated conjoined twins.
Prior to the surgery, Bishop T.D. Jakes took to social media to solicit prayers for the family and the twins.
He wrote in a post on his Instagram page:
I seldom ask this of you, but I just left a young couple who’s conjoined twins will be separated tomorrow. I will not share their names to protect their EXTREMELY important privacy.
If you know them, please don’t violate their privacy. What I do ask you to do is; everyone who sees this please pray all day tomorrow whenever you think of them. God knows their name!
I will update you as I have permission.. Thanks
See Bishop Jakes’ original post below.
God is great!
Watch the report via “CBS Mornings” below.
Please join me in sending up prayers for formerly conjoined twins, JaimeLynn and AmieLynn.
We pray that they have a full and speedy recovery.
Source: CBS News