Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Nicole and Christian McDonald days before their sons are to be surgically separated. Jadon and Anias are rare craniopagus twins, joined at the head; 40% of such twins are stillborn and another third live less than 24 hours.
Katie Weimer of 3D Systems explains how her company converts two-dimensional imaging into lifelike, three-dimensional models. Surgeon James Goodrich uses models to prepare for the McDonald operation. The twins are successfully separated after 27 hours of surgery.
The twins battle infections, fevers, and seizures following surgery. The recovery process is especially trying for Anias, but the twins recover more quickly than expected. Proud parents contemplate what the future holds for their boys.
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Jadon and Anias McDonald were born as craniopagus twins, joined at the head. The condition occurs in just one out of every 2.5 million births. Given how rare these cases are, there aren't many surgeons with the experience to execute such a risky procedure. That is where Dr. James Goodrich and his team come in. They have partnered with engineers halfway across the country to prepare for this rare surgery. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes Vital Signs inside the operating room with Jadon, Anias and the surgical team for a look at what it takes to give these little boys a chance at a normal life.
Length: 23 minutes
Copyright date: ©2017
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