Conjoined Twins See Sunlight For the First Time

Apr 17, 2014 10:01am

 

A pair of formerly conjoined twins were finally able to go outside and see sunlight for the first time, more than seven months after they had surgery to be separated.

Owen and Emmitt Ezell were born joined from their breast bone to hipbone and shared several organs, including their liver and intestines.

The two infants were separated when they were just six weeks old during a lengthy nine-hour surgery. Originally doctors were simply worried about the twins survival and at the time of surgery their medical team estimated the boys had a 40 to 50 percent chance of survival.

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However, after months of intensive care the twins are finally healthy enough to leave the hospital for a rehab facility. Their parents Jenni and David Ezell are elated, although Jenni  Ezell had to shield her son’s eyes as they were wheeled outside for the first time.

“They couldn’t even open their little eyes,” said Jenni Ezell. “The sun was so bright, I shaded Owen’s face.”

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The twins were separated, when they were just six weeks old. (Medical City Children's Hospital)

While Owen and Emmitt may look the same, their parents say now the 9-months-old infants are easy to tell apart.

“Emmett is really easy going, laid back,” said the infants’ father David Ezell. “Owen is a little more… little agitated at times.”

While the infants aren’t going home quite yet, there’s a chance they might get to leave the rehab facility within just a few weeks to finally go home.

“The doctors are cautious,” said David Ezell. “They are not going to come out and say, these are going to be two healthy boys but we will come out and say it for them these are going be two very healthy boys.”

 

ABC News’ Liz Neporent contributed to this report.

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