Vital Signs: Conjoined Twins

Conjoined Twins
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It is the universal feeling of parenthood: incredible joy when your little one is born. And when something goes wrong, you’ll do whatever you can to protect your child. Sometimes, that means making a decision that will forever change the course of their life, a choice often facing the parents of conjoined twins.

Jadon and Anias McDonald were born as craniopagus twins – joined at the head, and it’s incredibly rare. It only happens in one out of every 2.5 million births. Given how rare these cases are, there aren’t many surgeons with the experience to execute such a risky procedure. That’s where Dr. James Goodrich and his team come in. And this time, they’ve partnered with engineers halfway across the U.S., to prepare for this rare surgery like never before.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes Vital Signs inside the operating room with Jadon, Anias, and the surgical team for a look at what it takes to give these little boys the chance at a normal life.

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