Conjoined twins separated at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Guest post by Emily Pearce, Vanderbilt News Service associate director for video, who witnessed the separation of conjoined twins Keylee and Zoey Miller at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt yesterday:

twinsphotoAmazing. Sometimes one word is all you need to describe a medical miracle. At 12:52 p.m. conjoined twins, Keylee and Zoey Miller, were separated during surgery at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Videographer Pat Slattery and I got to see the moment when one becomes two separate babies. It was a well orchestrated surgical dance that, again, left me in awe of the work that goes on daily at Children’s Hospital. We use the word ‘team’ so many times in our sports-dominated world. It can start to lose its meaning. But, watching the nurses, doctors and technicians change two lives for the better by working together as one- and, well, there are no words left. We will always remember 12:52 p.m., Keylee, Zoey, and mom and dad’s quiet reverance as they saw their children lying in separate hospital beds for the first time. As mom, Victoria said, “amazing.”

(A video of the suregery will be featured in an upcoming VUCast–Vanderbilt’s weekly newscast.)

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