JACKSONSVILLE, Florida (WTLV) – A pair of conjoined twins born in Jacksonville, Florida five months ago have been successfully separated.
Carter and Conner Mirabal went into surgery at Wolfson Children’s Hospital at 7:11 a.m. last Thursday.
The surgical team was comprised of nearly 20 doctors, nurses and other medical specialists from Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Wolfson Children’s Hospital and UF Health Jacksonville.
Family members and close friends waited the entire time in a nearby surgical conference room. They began arriving at the hospital as early as 5 a.m after getting very little sleep.
“So much was going through my mind, like everything the doctors said. All the possibilities of stuff, everything was going through my head,” said the boys’ mother, Michelle Brantley.
But throughout the day, the surgical team provided regular updates in person and by phone.
The most incredible moment came at 3:34 p.m., when word finally came that the twins were officially separate for the first time.
Their grandmother, Cathy Mirabal, could hardly stop crying. “To know that they’re finally separate and they’re stable, wow. It’s just like a load has been lifted off so much.”
Carter and Conner both remained in surgery until approximately 6:30 p.m. And then they were transported to the pediatric intensive care unit at approximately 7:00 p.m.
The boys’ aunt, Jasmine Mirabal, was among the group who stood in the hallway and cheered for every surgeon as they left the operating room.
“Seeing them separate just doesn’t seem right. We’re so used to seeing them together that seeing them separate just seems so crazy,” she said.
Currently, the boys continue to recover and are reportedly doing very well apart from each other. Doctors expect to operate on both boys at least one more time.