After having been separated about a year ago, the formerly conjoined twins had a moment of their lifetime as they were given a send-off at the same hospital that the life-changing surgery was done.
The staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas came together to celebrate the two lovely kids – Scarlett and Ximena Hernandez-Torres. Their family was all smiles as they watched their children allowed to go back home – having undergone an almost two-year treatment and rehab at the hospital, reports ABC News.
The two girls were born conjoined in May 2015 after which they were rushed to the hospital for care. Their entire life since birth has seen them either be patients at the hospital or live in the neighborhood so that they could attend their rehab programs. And thus this night was a celebration of its own kind as the hospital and the family had an emotional moment saying goodbyes. They are now back in their Rio Grande Valley home in Texas.
Dr. Haroon Patel, a pediatric surgeon who helped separate the girls, said in a statement that they were filled with joy to see the twins healthy. “We are happy that they are going home to their loved ones, and will miss taking care of them here in Corpus Christi.”
But the hospital staff was not so quick to let go of their two little friends. They let the girls play at a special playground and mingled with the doctors, nurses and other medical staff involved in their treatment.
Susan T. Fields, director of rehabilitation services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, said that ever since the kids were discharged from hospital, their speech pathology, occupational therapy and physical therapy staff have constantly attended to the children o a weekly basis. Their progress has been commendable and can now carryout themselves as independent toddlers.
The hospital officials explained that the girls will still be observed at the satellite clinics locally available.