Formerly Conjoined Mata Twins
A year after being separated at Texas Children's Hospital, formerly conjoined twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata are healthy, lively toddlers. Born at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in April 2014, the girls underwent a successful separation surgery on February 17, 2015. A team of more than 26 clinicians including 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses, among others, worked together to separate the girls who shared a chest wall, lungs, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphragm, liver, intestines, colon and pelvis.
During the complex surgery, the team worked for approximately 23 hours on Knatalye and 26 hours on Adeline, with the official separation occurring approximately 18 hours into the surgery. Among the surgical subspecialties involved were pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, cardiovascular surgery, urology, liver transplant surgery, orthopedic surgery and pediatric gynecology.
One Year Anniversary