Tags: conjoined | twins | tucker | miracle

Conjoined Tucker Twins' Great-Grandmother Calls Babies a 'Miracle'

Friday, 09 Nov 2012 02:03 PM

By Dale Eisinger

The great-grandmother of conjoined twins from Adams, N.Y., told news stations that her two great-granddaughters were “a miracle,” after doctors separated the infant girls during a complicated and lengthy surgery Wednesday.

The great-grandmother, Catherine Ambeau, spoke to Rochester, N.Y.’s WHEC-TV.

“I was just crying and I went out and told everybody in this place because everybody in this place knows about them,” Ambeau said of Allison and Amelia Tucker, the two girls. “These babies are here today. It's a miracle.”

The eight-month-old twins were joined at the chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium, and liver, making them “excellent candidates” for separation, Holly Hedrick, the procedure’s lead surgeon, said in a statement Wednesday night.

"We expect that, with this complex surgery behind them, Allison and Amelia will receive the care, therapy and support to allow them to live full, healthy and independent lives," Hedrick said from the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, where the twins have been under care since their birth. “Like all separations of conjoined twins, this was a very complex surgery, but it went very well and as expected,” she said.

Just 20 other procedures like this have previously been performed at the hospital.

This particular separation took seven hours and a team of approximately 40 staff members, according to the Associated Press. The group included physicians, surgeons, nurses, and a variety of other support staff. 

The phenomenon occurs in females in three-quarters of the cases and most conjoined twins are stillborn.

The twins’ mother, Shellie Tucker, told reporters that her doctor had recommended she terminate the pregnancy. Now, the girls — who she told The New York Times have fiery personalities — will be able to lead normal lives.

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Kentucky Senator Brandon Smith Wants Out of DUI With Immunity Law

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 19:20 PM

Kentucky state Senator Brandon Smith, arrested earlier this month on a DUI charge, is making an effort to get the charge . . .

School Bus Pentagram? Woman Outraged Over Satanic Brake Light Symbol

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:53 PM

A Tennessee woman is outraged after spotting what she says is a satanic pentagram formed by the brake lights on a school . . .

Rapper Tiny Doo May Face Long Jail Sentence Over Lyrics

Friday, 23 Jan 2015 18:10 PM

San Diego rapper Tiny Doo is facing a possible 25-year prison sentence for his violent song lyrics under a little-known  . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved