Mom holds separated twin for first time


(CNN)In what can best be described as a bundle of cuteness, Nicole McDonald held her son Jadon alone for the first time in what she calls “one of the most profound moments of my life.”

Mom grinned from ear to ear as she cradled the young boy Friday afternoon at a New York hospital, mesmerized by the gaze of his deep brown eyes. The precious moment came shortly after doctors removed Jadon’s breathing tube, and it came one week after the 27-hour surgery to separate Jadon and his brother Anias, 13-month-old twins who were born conjoined at the head.
    Nicole clutched Jadon for two hours, cherishing every lasting second. She had told CNN before the surgery that holding her two boys was the thing she longed for most. “There’s nothing harder than watching your child cry and not being able to pick them up,” she had said. “To hear them cry and react to it in a motherly way is something I’m really excited for.”


    The McDonalds have yet to share that same moment with Anias, who is progressing slower than Jadon, but still doing well. Anias had suffered breathing issues, seizures and heart problems prior to the surgery, and doctors expected his recovery to take more time. Anias has suffered seizures since the surgery, but they have been held in check with medicine since Wednesday, officials said.
    Both boys underwent a touch-up procedure to clean out incisions on their heads on Wednesday. Jadon and Anias were described as doing well after that procedure.
    Dr. James Goodrich, considered the world’s leading neurosurgeon for what’s known as craniopagus surgery, led the operaton at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. It marked the 59th craniopagus surgery in the world since 1952.
    Jadon and Anias have captured the hearts of millions across the world, ever since CNN broke the story about the twins’ surgery. The hashtag #JadonAndAnias emerged as a trend on social media as people shared their ordeal and clamored for more updates.
    The parents continue to be overwhelmed and grateful for the support they’ve received around the globe. Since the surgery started, their GoFundMe page has swelled from some $50,000 to more than $280,000. The family has asked that anyone wanting to help the twins instead make a donation to a friend whose child is in need of a kidney transplant.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/23/health/mcdonald-conjoined-twin-separated-held-for-first-time/index.html

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