Littlefield, TX -
It was back in 2014, the formerly conjoined twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline "Addy" Faith Mata, were separated and touched the lives of many. Fast forward three years and they were back in the hospital in February 2017, battling Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and fighting for their lives.
After three months in the hospital this year, the girls are back in their Littlefield home and feeling better than ever.
"Knatalye is more of our wild child. She's rambunctious and she's just full of energy and very talkative and very friendly. Addy's my shy, quite one, super sweet, super loving, she'll get up on your lap and snuggle with you," says Elysse Mata, the twins' mother.
The virus is very dangerous in young children and it attacked their lungs and airways which didn't allow them to breathe. And for that reason, Knatalye was fighting for her life.
"Her recovery was a lot faster with the trache than it would have been without it. It was a tough decision, but it was very heartbreaking because she's been so independent and free since they were separated and they came home. It was a tough decision. She was going to have to be on the vent for 24 hours a day for we didn't know how long," says Mata.
After weeks of strong sedation medicine, Knatalye has been flying high ever since.
"No hospitalizations, nothing really serious. We've done good since we got home in April. We've traveled and we've gone swimming and they've done a lot. They've been really good."
The girls are up and running and playing just like an ordinary kid. Other than battling the typical runny nose and cold, their mom says they're healthy with the help of weekly occupational, physical, and speech therapy.
Even though they're twins, they do have their different strengths and weaknesses. Addy needs more help in speech while Knatalye is caught up in that department. Both still need work on eating and drinking.
And at the end of the day, never taking advantage of their little rays of sunshine.
"We're just so thankful that they're here and that they're healthy because anything could have happened when they were little. We almost lost her back in February so the fact that she's here and thriving the way she is. It's a miracle."