Mateo and McHale Shaw. (Parents Ryan Shaw and Angie Benzschawel say they chose the names because they both mean "gift of God.")
May 10, 2006
The twins were born at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Their parents are from Wisconsin.
Type of Conjoined Twins:
The boys are pyopagus
conjoined twins, joined at the lower back and buttocks and sharing a spine. They have separate hearts and livers.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Surgical Team: Robert Keating, John Myseros, Philip Guzzetta, David Powell, Michael J. Boyajian, Ananth Murthy, Laurel Blakemore, Lane Wimberly, Renee Roberts, Karen Thomson, Hans Pohl
Medical Team: Dorothy Bulas, Naomi Luban, Kurt Newman, Billie Short
Assisted by a support team of medical professionals.
After surgery, the boys were in critical but stable condition. Due to the way they were joined, they have spinabifida and as a result, hydrocephelas (water on the brain, which is drained with a shunt). However, they currently do not have any brain damage.
Born at 32 weeks' gestation. The operation to deliver them took 90 minutes, with another post-delivery procedure taking 2 hours. Visit the boys' site at CaringBridge.org
by going to http://www.caringbridge.org, clicking on "Visit Site" and entering "MateoandMcHale."