Once-Conjoined Twins Make Debut at Pa. Hospital
Allison June, Amelia Lee Tucker expected 'to have full, independent lives'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2012 11:54 AM CST
Shellie and Greg Tucker, parents of Allison, left, and Amelia, present their nine-month-old girls who were formerly conjoined twins at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Dec. 20, 2012.   (Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – More than nine months after they were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, twin girls made their public debut yesterday at the hospital where they were separated.
Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker, clad in animal-striped shirts and flowered headbands, were introduced during a news conference at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Both girls still have nasal tubes but appeared rosy-cheeked and alert as they were held by their parents, Shellie and Greg Tucker, of Adams, NY.

Allison, described by doctors and her parents as the smaller but feistier twin, was discharged from the hospital Monday. Her sister Amelia, who's larger and more reserved, needs a little more recovery time and will remain in the hospital into the new year. "We totally expect them to have full, independent lives," said pediatric surgeon Dr. Holly Hedrick, who led a 40-person medical team in the complex seven-hour operation on Nov. 7. The twins shared a chest wall, diaphragm, liver, and pericardium, the membrane around the heart.

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Dec 21, 2012 4:51 PM CST
When I first started studying nursing/medicine, organ transplantation was considered state of the art. Now, they can separate the pericardium? Whoa, soon, entire organs will be able to be created from stem cells, and we'll marvel at such 'simple' procedures as this.
Dec 21, 2012 4:46 PM CST
Dec 21, 2012 2:12 PM CST
IF you're serious, there's something seriously wrong with you! Why would they have been aborted if there's a chance for their survival? Seems you're a product of our current school system which has kicked God out of the picture and devaluates human life as much as possible, and which is at least partially responsible for the likes of Adam Lanza and others who take other people's lives freely.