Florida woman Michelle Brantley gave birth to two conjoined twin boys on Friday who miraculously share no organs.
After 34 intense weeks of medical complications, Carter and Conner Mirabel were born connected at the abdomen and facing each other. They weighed 5 pounds each. Although both boys required immediate surgery to repair their damaged stomachs, they both emerged in good condition.
The twins are expected to remain conjoined and have been transferred to a special care unit for observation. They are currently on ventilators. Though they both have separate organs, their livers seem to be conjoined in some way, according to doctors. Doctors have also reported that despite Carter’s initial heart complications, his heart is strengthening.
“Although we are not out of the woods yet,” Brantley wrote on Facebook, “that was the best news we have heard [in] God knows how long!”
Brantley and fiance Bryan Mirabel have remained in contact with Atlanta couple Robin and Michael Hamby, whose conjoined twins died the day they were born, during the pregnancy. The Hamby boys died in just 34 hours after developing an atrial flutter, which made their heart beat 300 times a minute.
“Our hearts go out to the Hamby family. Although y’alls previous baby boys only spent one day on earth,” Brantley wrote on Facebook, “they will spend a lifetime watching over you guys from heaven above.”
Brantley delivered the twins in Jacksonville on Friday night. She was rushed to the hospital one month before her original due date and five days before a scheduled C-section.
Brantley was reportedly released from the hospital on Sunday evening.