A pair of twins, who were born conjoined at the head, have finally been separated after a high-risk operation that lasted over twelve hours.
The surgery took place on Thursday at the Soroka Medical Center in Israel, as per The Jerusalem Post.
The hospital's chief pediatric surgeon Dr. Mickey Gideon told Israel's Mako News, that as little as twenty operations such as this one have been done around the world so far.
Thankfully the operation was a success and the girls can finally see each other for the first time.
The girls, who have not yet been publicly named, were born back in August 2020.
They were attached by the back of their heads, which is a rare condition known as craniopagus twins.
A team of roughly fifty staff, including surgeons from the United Kingdom and the United States, had been training for a year prior to prepare for the surgery, Israel's Channel 12 reported.
Using MRT and CT scans, the team was able to create a detailed 3D model of the girls' brain structures, including bones, skin, and even blood vessels.
In the lead-up to the surgery, silicone bags were used to stretch the girl's skin on top of their heads. The bags were inflated underneath their skin, so they could use the excess to close up their heads, the BBC reported.
After the surgery was complete, the twin's father told Channel 12 that he was excited to be able to hold his 2 girls up individually for the first time.
Reuters also added that Eldad Silberstein, the head of the plastic surgery department at Soroka Medical Center, shared that the girls are recovering well after the twelve-hour procedure.
We wish the girls a speedy recovery!