An intense 24-hour operation separated the 9-month-old twins joined at the head, AƄigail and Micaela Bachinskiy. And although the historic surgery at first seemed impossible, God had His hand on these two precious girls!
At 11 weeks pregnant, Liliya Miroshnik’s doctors discovered something very unique about her girls. They were craniopagus twins, meaning their heads were fused.
“It’s a very, very rare abnormality,” said Dr. Michael Edwards, a leading pediatric neurosurgeon at UC Daʋis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento. “There are very few ?????ren ???? in a year around the world who have this anomaly, and of those, there is only a much smaller set that the anatomy is fortuitous enough to be able to attempt a separation, and hopefully co I came out with two healthy ƄaƄies. ”
At first, the news of having conjoined twins overwhelmed Liliya, who was already three years old. But her husband, Anatoliy Bachinskiy, helped ease her worried heart.
“It was very hard. He was surprised. I couldn’t process,” Liliya recalled. “When I got home my husband and I told him that everything would be fine. We’ll get through it. These are our children. We already love them.”
After the initial shock wore off, the couple prepared as much as possible for their daughters’ rare condition. But really, the only option was to trust the Lord to see them.
Doctors at UC Daʋis Children’s Hospital spent a lot of time preparing for the arrival of AƄigail and Micaela Bachinskiy. They ran many simulations, trying to anticipate any and all possible complications that could arise during their ?????.
Finally, the day of the fight arrived. And the twins joined at the head arrived safely!
The girls spent several weeks in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before finally returning home. And as they grew, doctors knew that at some point they would have to separate their heads.In your dream of beauty
“As they age, there is a greater risk that shared blood vessels and organs will become larger or more intertwined. The upcoming flu season, COVID-19 and RSV was also a cause for concern,” explained Dr. Granger Wong, Senior Plastic Surgeon.
At 9 months old, the medical team was ready to operate on the twins joined at the head. They had spent months using all different forms of technology to map out the procedure.
The historic surgery took place over a tense 24 hours. And it involved a large team of 30 surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and other key surgical staff working together. And they did it wonderfully.
At exactly 3:28 am on Sunday morning, AƄigail and Micaela were separated.
“It was like a choreographed dance,” said Dr. Wong, along with Rajʋinder Dhaмrait, director of pediatric anesthesiology, adding: “It was seamless, with all contingencies covered.”
And it’s a moment that no one involved in helping these beautiful girls will ever forget.
“After 10 months of preparation, we witnessed what we had all imagined for the girls and we were filled with excitement and joy,” said Aida Benítez, director of nursing at the Children’s Surgery Center. “I will never see 3:28 on a clock again and I will not think about the moment when AƄi and Mica became two separate ƄaƄies.”
A beautiful blessing
Just like the body of Christ, all of these different doctors and medical staff came together to do something incredible. The hand of God guided every step of the way. And it’s a blessing for which Liliya Miroshnik and Anatoliy Bachinskiy will be eternally grateful.
“Everything went well,” Liliya said. “It seemed almost impossible to separate them, but God and the doctors and nurses at UC Daʋis made it possible. We are very grateful”.
With surgery behind them, Liliya and Anatoliy are taking their daughters’ recovery one day at a time and trusting in the Lord.
“Everything is in God’s hands,” says Liliya. “It’s not even in the hands of the doctor. That’s what I feel”.
We have no doubt that the Lord has big plans for these two small miracles. What a beautiful reminder to trust God in all things!