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Surgery to separate Guthrie twins is a success, family says

Emmett and Owen Ezell are no longer connected at their abdomens after a surgery Saturday. A team of doctors, surgeons and nurses were able to successful separate the twins, who were born July 15.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: August 28, 2013

Jenni Ezell might go ahead and put the Christmas tree up now.

Ezell is going to be busy between now and December, and there are two special reasons why she can't wait for Christmas to arrive this year, she said.

Their names are Emmett and Owen — Ezell's previously conjoined twins. The boys were successfully separated at a Dallas hospital on Saturday, and are expected to be released from the hospital and taken home right before Christmas.

Until Saturday, Ezell and her husband, Dave, took each day individually, spending as much time as they could with the twins, who were born July 15 conjoined at the abdomen.

After a successful surgery, the parents — who until last month lived in Guthrie, but opted to move to Dallas to seek medical treatment — are free to think about what their boys will look like or the sports they'll like to play or what their favorite food will be.

“Someday, I get to sit down with these two boys and tell them their story, tell them what they went through,” Dave Ezell said. “There are pictures and photos and emails, and we can look at those and say, ‘Look at all these people who did all of this for you guys.'”

A team of about 40 doctors, surgeons and nurses worked together for roughly nine hours to separate Emmett and Owen.

The surgery came with a substantial amount of risk. One or both of the boys could have been lost.

Before the boys went back to surgery Saturday, the team of doctors and nurses stopped before passing through the double doors to the operating room. The Ezells said goodbye to the boys before the team walked the boys out of sight.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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