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Mom of Formerly Conjoined Twins Holds Separated Son for First Time After Surgery: ‘I’ve Dreamed of This Moment’

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Just one week after her 13-month-old twin sons were separated in a nearly day-long operation, Nicole McDonald held her son Jadon for the first time.

The emotional mother took to Facebook to share the moment with friends and family.

“For over 13 months, I’ve dreamed of this moment,” she wrote on Facebook, according to CNN. “I looked down at Jadon’s angelic face and saw him in a way I’d never seen him before. He whimpered for almost the whole two hours I held him because he had just been extubated, had the area under his scalp washed out and had been weaned from the good pain meds.

“But instead of wrapping my body around him in his bed, I wrapped my arms around him and rocked. One of the most profound moments of my life.”

Twins Anias and Jadon McDonald were born conjoined at the head and were successfully separated at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, on Oct. 14.

Courtesy Montefiore Medical Center
Courtesy Montefiore Medical Center

The devoted parents, who moved the family from Illinois to New York to be closer to the kids’ surgeon, have yet to hold their other son, Anias, as he is progressing slower than his brother, according to CNN. But he is still doing well.

The journey to the separation has been a long, emotional one for the family, which also includes 3-year-old Aza. The parents had to decide whether to go through with the operation, even though the surgery included major risks like death or brain damage to the children.

“There was times where I just … didn’t want to go there and think about the fact that, you know, one or both of my childs (sic) could maybe have a handicap or something like that,” Christian McDonald told CNN ahead of the surgery.

“I think now I’m at the point where I do that that is a possibility and, if that’s the case, It’s not gonna change anything. I mean, we’re still gonna love them. They’re our boys.”