There’s the joy that a couple feels when expecting a baby. But then there’s double joy when they find out it's going to be twins. It’s a rare phenomenon and having to be the parents of twins would be the most satisfying news for most people. This couple couldn't hide their excitement after finding out they would be expecting twins. However, after a scan, they got worried when they received news that the twins would be conjoined.
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Even after consolation that their twins wouldn’t be the first conjoined twins and that doctors have separated successfully conjoined twins before; the couple was still skeptical. It’s the fear that you live with when giving up your children to go under the scalpel while still young. Having to let your child go for a surgery that you can’t help relieve leaves a parent feeling helpless.
I have had a few people ask me so I figured I would do a public post that is easy to find.
Here is the link to our family Christmas wishlist. Please do not feel any pressure. This just makes it easy for everyone to find. There is everything from toys, diapers, clothes, and even a few "family" items.
We are so grateful for each and every one of you! We can't wait to see Abby's and Erin's faces as they get to see what Santa brings them this year! You all are so wonderful!!! We are so grateful that the girls have such a loving family all over the world.
Heather and Diley Delaney were faced with the above discussed difficult situation a year ago. This was after a hospital they trusted with their maternal clinics; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia confirmed that the expected twins would be sharing the same part of their heads.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there! And a very special happy Father's Day to Riley Delaney! You are the most wonderful "dada" there is. The girls and I are so lucky to have you.
— with Riley Delaney.
The two bouncing baby girls, Erin and Abbey came into the world before their due date by ten weeks. At just two pounds each, their little bodies couldn’t handle the pressure of going under the scalpel.
Reason being, they shared more than just skin. The sisters shared crucial blood vessels and brain matter that would make the surgery complicated.
The girls are doing well. Still just counting down the days till surgery. Everything is still moving forward. Please pray we don't encounter any hiccups and that everything keeps running smoothly so we don't get pushed back again. We are getting so close.
Since we are so close to the girls being separated I've started an Amazon registry full of things that will help with the girls therapies and such once they're separate. And also a few fun things for the girls as well since they LOVE their books (we read a ton of books everyday) please feel no pressure. We just get asked a lot "how can I help" and this is just a way to do that. And we appreciate each and every one of you and all of your prayers. They mean the world to us!
Anything off the registry can be shipped to
The Delaney family (rm 23)
3925 chestnut street
Philadelphia pa 19104
With the permission of the parents, an exceptional team of surgeons spent the next eleven months studying the sisters’ conjoined case.
Luckily, their efforts paid off with a successful surgery of fourteen hours that separated the twins. This was the first successful and complicated surgery in books to ever be conducted on infants this young.
Happy Easter from our family to yours!
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It wasn’t the end of the journey as the sisters had to undergo more surgeries in a bid to restructure the parts of the skull affected by the operation. They were also enrolled for physical therapy to aid in strengthening their underdeveloped legs.
God has blessed us in so many ways! This wonderful family blessed us with a custom
made wagon! We met them when their daughter was across from us in the NICU. They've been home for a little while now but we always visit when they have appointments. They have given us a wonderful gift that we will use for years to come!! #delaneytwinsaremobile #delaneytwins
Today, the girls are independent of each other and doctors say that they are recovering quite remarkably.
Thanks to the undying love of their parents and the dedication from the medical support back at the hospital, Erin and Abbey will live normal lives.
It's such a touching story to see two innocent young sisters fight through surgeries, medication, and therapy to become well. Their story of untold strength deserves more recognition. You could let people know of these two sisters through spreading their life journey.