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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

“As a mother, I hope I never have to experience a moment like that again,” Jenni Ezell wrote in her “Ezell Twins” blog on Tuesday. “I didn't know what was going to happen. I didn't know if I would see my babies alive again, if I would see only one, or if I would see them after they had gone to be with their creator.”

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.'”

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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