Surgically Separated Twins Improving

Abbigail Lynn and Isabelle Anne Carlsen were born November 29th at 10:50am to the proud parents of Jesse and Amy Carlsen at Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis. As identical twin sisters, they were conjoined at the lower chest and upper abdomen, a condition called omphalapagus. Doctors determined that their livers were connected and they shared a common bile duct and part of the small intestine.

On Friday, the two baby girls were separated following at daylong surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and are currently in intensive care under sedation, breathing with the assistance of ventilators. Although they have a long recovery ahead, the twins are doing well.

Doctors reported today that the twins continue to show steady improvement.

They had a very good night with vital signs improving, and their conditions have been upgraded from Critical to Serious. As the care team continues to closely monitor their progress, the girls are right on course as expected and hoped, with tests showing continued healing.




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