Conjoined Twins Arrive Early

A routine tour of the Mayo Clinic turns into a miracle birth.

Valerie James knew she was carrying conjoined twins and was at the Mayo Clinic, preparing for their birth.

The babies were not due for two months, but they decided to come into the world early, at only 30 weeks.

The boys were born facing each other, joined at the abdomen.

Doctors had to work fast to separate them, because they were born with shared intestines and a bladder outside their bodies. "She was already well into labor and they got her in right away, were able to do the surgery they needed to do to get them out. And they were perfect, absolutely perfect," says Dr. Christopher Moir of the Mayo Clinic.

The separation was successful.

Doctors say the twins, named Jacob and Jordan, are actually doing better than most children born after only 30 weeks.

The boys will probably stay in the hospital for the next two months.


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