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Conjoined twins reunited after 13-hour op separates them

REUNITED: The twins, one held by mother Adrienne Spates, come face to face after 13-hour op on Aug 29.

A SET of conjoined twins, delivered by a team of doctors by emergency caesarian in January, six weeks before they were due, have came face to face for the first time since they were separated.

Joshua and Jacob Spates, who were conjoined at the base of their spines and defied all odds by surviving a 13-hour operation to separate them, smiled when they were reunited at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

The boys' mother, Adrienne Spates, said the babies are doing well since their operation, on August 29. Jacob remains in intensive care and needs a few more operations, while Joshua is already out of the unit and is being prepared to go home.

"Joshua's doing great, and hopefully he'll be up and going and have a pretty normal lifespan," Dr. Max Langham, one of the twins' surgeons, told TODAY.


KISS ME: Adrienne kisses her son moments before the surgery


THE TASK: This X-ray shows how the boys were conjoined at the base of their spines


SUCCESS: Adrienne is overwhelmed after hearing the op was a success

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