Remember Erin & Abby, twins conjoined at the head?

Remember Erin & Abby, twins conjoined at the head?—look at them now that they’re returning home!

Identical twins are a rare phenomenon in the medical community, and conjoined twins—identical twins that don’t fully split when their zygote becomes two embryos—are even rarer. For a set of conjoined baby girls in Philadelphia, though, their incredibly unique situation isn’t going to limit their futures one bit.

Baby girls Erin and Abby Delaney were born in the summer of 2016, conjoined in a difficult position. The two infants were attached at the tops of their heads, making separation incredibly complicated.

Keeping the little girls conjoined, though, would have been incredibly hard on them, both physically and developmentally.

So the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia underwent one of the most complicated procedures the hospital has taken on.

It took a multi-specialty surgical team for each girl and hours of split-second saves to prevent excess bleeding and complications. With plenty of love, care, and skill, though, both girls were successfully separated, and can now live separate lives.

“They’re such happy, content little girls, for what they’ve gone through,” their mother explained, as they prepared to leave the hospital and head home as two separate bodies.

“They’ve never lived outside of hospital walls.”

hat has changed now, though. Five months after undergoing their surgery, the pair will head home, where they can grow and interact with their parents in their own bedrooms and cribs.

According to mom Heather Delaney, both girls are developing well. “They’re not afraid of people … it’s amazing to see how brave they’ve been through all of it.”
For months at the start of their lives, Erin and Abby were unable to be held separately; they couldn’t learn to roll over or sit up, and they were constantly monitored for their own safety.

Now, Erin can sit up and Abby is learning to roll over; it was a long journey to where they are now, but the happy baby girls have been given an entirely new chance at life.