During surgery, the medical team had to separate the boys' shared liver and other parts of their digestive system. The Ezells sat in the hospital waiting room, getting updates every hour or so.
“Every time that phone rang, my heart stopped,” Dave Ezell said. “The moment that thing rang, you feel like someone's calling you to tell you things are going to south.”
But that didn't happen. Rather, time after time, the phone call would be to share good news — that the boys were still doing well. It was hard for the Ezells to believe that trend would continue.
On Tuesday, the boys started to open their eyes and wiggle around. They have more surgeries ahead of them and they'll remain in the hospital to heal.
Both parents attribute the success of the surgery to the thousands of people who prayed for Emmett and Owen.
“It was God,” Jenni Ezell said. “There's no other explanation. I was talking to the doctors and the surgeons and the nurses, and they're like, ‘This is incredible.' Even the surgeons were saying, ‘This wasn't us. There was a bigger hand in this.'”