LUBBOCK, TX -- The mother of conjoined twins born earlier this year says both babies are doing well in a Houston area hospital, as they await the surgery that will eventually allow them to lead separate lives.
Elysse Mata, of Lubbock, gave birth to conjoined baby girls, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith, on April 11th. The twins, who have both gained almost 7 lbs since birth, are doing well in a Houston area hospital, as specialists develop plans for surgical separation.
Knatalye and Adeline shared a liver, diaphragm, lining of the heart, and intenstines.
Elysse and husband Eric learned they were having not just twins, but conjoined twins, during a routine ultrasound in January. Doctors referred them to Texas Children's Fetal Center at Texas Children's Hospital. Knatalye and Adeline are now being cared for by a team of specialists in the level IV neonatal intensive care unit.
Elysee says that while they've been away, the family's received overwhelming support from the Lubbock community, and that they just can't wait to come home.
"We're so excited. We want to go back home," she says. "[The support] feels so good. You know, Texas Tech is behind us, making the girls clothes."
The Matas will still have to wait a bit, however, before they can return to West Texas.
"The twins still require some respiratory support but they are doing well and we don't expect them to have any significant setbacks," said Dr. Stephan Welty, chief of neonatalogy at Texas Children's.
They're also gaining some national attention. The Mata Twins story will be featured on ABC's Nightline on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and then again on Good Morning America Sept. 3rd.