Twin girls Miracle and Testimony Ayeni were born with a rare condition — the lower halves of their bodies conjoined.
After an 18 hour procedure at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital that involved successfully separating them, “miracle” and “testimony” have defied the odds.
WMC reported that the twins shared a colon, with hooked kidneys and fused pelvises. Statistics show that it is uncommon for conjoined twins to show signs of long-term survival.
As noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, “[a]pproximately 40 to 60 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and about 35 percent survive only one day. The overall survival rate of conjoined twins is somewhere between 5 percent and 25 percent.”
The Ayeni sisters, however, were healthy, which Dr.Max Langham, leader of the surgical team, said was uncommon.
After being contacted by the Nigerian program Linking Hands Foundation, the surgeons did the procedure free or charge.
Dr. Emilee Dobish said: “ Mary and Samuel’s faith has impressed me everyday of this whole journey. And I think it’s impressed the entire team, like all of the surgeons. We all drew strength from their faith to help carry us through this process.”
WMC noted that the parents left their jobs in Nigeria to dedicate all of their time to getting help for their daughters in Memphis.
“If God can give miracle, testimony will back it up. So these kids, they are Miracle and Testimony,” Mary Ayeni, WMC