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Mateo and McHale Shaw


Updated November 30, 2008

Twins Names:

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.

Separation Date:

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Separation Location:

Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Separation Team:

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.

Separation Location:

Children's National


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.

Other Information:

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."

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