Incredible Before-and-After Photo Series of Conjoined Baby Twins
Maria Clara and Maria Eduarda weren't like other baby girls. The twins, who were born to a poor family from Brazil, were born with connected abdomens, and they shared the same liver.
Conjoined twins are incredibly rare—about 1 in every 200,000 live births are conjoined twins. And most of the time, both twins unfortunately don't make it. Forty to 60% of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and only 35% survive for a single day. And separation surgery isn't always a safe option.
In other words, Maria Clara and Maria Eduarda faced immense odds. But their parents, Caique Santana and Denise Borges, both 20, decided that the girls should have a chance at a normal life.
When they turned five months old, separation surgery was attempted on the twin baby girls—and the surgery was successful.
The surgery, which was led by pediatric surgeon Zacharias Calil, took 6 hours, and included 15 medical professionals.
The whole story, from birth to separation to recovery, was certainly dramatic—but what makes it incredible is that the whole ordeal was caught on film.
Photographer Mateus Andre, 28, chronicled the girls' experiences through a series of stunning black-and-white photographs.
After seeing the girls' story on the news, the professional photographer knew he had to take photographs of them. Andre traveled more than 160 miles by public transport to finally meet them. He took photos of the girls at 3 months old, before they were separated.
He then returned after successful separation story to photograph them again.
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