by: Valerie Calhoun Updated:
A group of Memphis doctors have performed a miraculous surgery.
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital successfully separated 12-month-old conjoined twins on November 7.
The twin girls, Miracle and Testimony Ayeni are from Nigeria.
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The procedure began at approximately 7 a.m. and the girls were completely separated at 3:16 p.m. The surgery lasted 18 hours.
During the surgery, the girls were identified by wearing pink and green hats that were knitted by there mother.
Miracle and Testimony were attached at the lower half of the body. The girls' surgeons separated their large intestines and pelvis.
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More than 20 surgeons and physicians were involved in the surgery and more than 100 staff members were involved in there care.
Mary Ayeni found out she was having twins six months into her pregnancy. She told FOX13 when her babies were born conjoined at the pelvis she was too shocked to name them.
But it didn't take long for the family's faith to kick in...
“We named them Miracle and, Testimony because we have a marvelous God,” Ayeni said.
The Ayeni family left their family, jobs and life in Nigeria to give their twin daughters a chance at a normal life.
LeBonheur Children's Hospital has truly taken this family under it's wings.
“We love them like our own family,” Nakia Chambliss, nurse, said.
Nurses describe how they've shared in the twin's journey.
“Miracle, a couple of times, would take Testimony's socks off her feet and would nibble on her feet. It’s funny to see the way they interacted and the love in their family,” Kyle Ferguson, nurse, said.
The Ayeni's older daughter, Marvelous, is three now. Her parents say she is a cheerleader for her sisters.
Nurses told FOX13 the whole family gets together to sing and celebrate their faith every morning. It's the kind of joy that is infectious in a place where life's very real problems could get you down.
“Their whole family is beautiful, very faith-based. Prayed with the kids every morning,” Nakia Chambliss, nurse, said.
She told FOX13 you would never know the twins had such an extensive surgery one week ago.
The twins are expected to stay at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital for several months.
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