After spending nearly the full first year of their lives in a hospital and rehabilitation center, formerly conjoined twins in Texas are finally able to go home.
Photos courtesy of the Ezell family
KXAS reports, "This is it. This is what we've been waiting for," says the twins' mother.
NBC reports that Owen and Emmett Ezell were conjoined at the stomach when they were born last summer. Surgeons were able to separate them in a nine-hour procedure just one month later, but that was only the beginning of a long recovery.
According to KXAS, the twins shared a liver and their intestines before being separated.
WFAA says the boys were in the hospital until April. That's when they were sent to a rehabilitation facility. The boys were also on feeding tubes and ventilators while they recovered. On CBS, the father says:
"We've received encouragement from all over the world, and it's phenomenal. It's really uplifted us up more than just about anything."
Now that the twins are finally home, the family wrote on its blog Thursday: "We are overjoyed. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Full of love and hope. Worried. Relieved. Enamored."
The family says Owen and Emmett will reunite with their two older brothers when they return home from a visit to Arkansas.
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