Jadon McDonald and Anias McDonald are baby twins who were conjoined by their heads. At only 13-months-old, they underwent a very complicated surgery for the purpose of separating the heads from each other. After 16 hours of surgery, the conjoined toddlers were successfully separated and are no longer conjoined.
The McDonald twins were born last fall at the Montefiore Medical Center located in the Bronx. The mother, Nicole McDonald, would spend the next 13 months carrying for her two babies while their heads were fused together. The operation to separate their heads was planned for over a year since it is an extremely complicated procedure. In the last 64 years, this was the 59th operation like this to ever be performed.
The chances of a mother giving birth to conjoined twins are 1 out of 10 million. McDonald knew her babies were going to be born conjoined but she elected not to terminate the pregnancy. After giving birth to the twins, she set up a GoFundMe page where she requested funds for the operation to separate the two. She ended up getting over $100,000 donated through GoFundMe by supporters who were touched by the rarity of this story.
Dr. James T Goodrich was the separation surgeon who separated the McDonald twins. He had previous experience separating conjoined twins and they all survived his surgeries as well. So McDonald was confident that Dr. Goodrich would be able to help her babies out the same way, and he did. However, it was not an easy surgery for Dr. Goodrich to pull off.
According to McDonald, the doctor claimed it was one of the most difficult operations he’s ever had to do. But he did it successfully and that’s all that matters. The McDonald twins are currently recovering from the surgery and their mother looks forward to the day when they can both look at each other for the first time.