Joyful moment conjoined twins who were separated in Dallas go home 11 months after they were born

  • Owen and Emmett Ezell were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver
  • They were separated at a Texas hospital at one-month-old
  • They've had eight months of surgeries and intense rehabilitation
  • A nurse will live at the family home to help the boys' parents

By Jessica Jerreat and Rosemarie Lentini

Twin boys who were joined at the abdomen when they were born have finally gone home nearly a year after a complicated operation to separate them.

Following countless surgeries after they were detached 11 months ago, little Owen and Emmett Ezell were released from a Texas rehabilitation center on Thursday.

'Just imagining having two healthy happy babies home,' mother Jenni Ezell told NBC through tears. 'This is it. This is what ... it’s what we’ve been waiting for.'

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Miraculous: North Texas conjoined twins Emmett and Owen Ezell who were separated in a risky surgery last year finally went home on Thursday, almost 11 months after their birth

Miraculous: North Texas conjoined twins Emmett and Owen Ezell who were separated in a risky surgery last year finally went home on Thursday, almost 11 months after their birth

Support system: A nurse will live with the twins' parents Jenni Ezell (pictured back) and Dave Ezell at their Texas home full-time, as the boys are still receiving oxygen through throat tubes

Support system: A nurse will live with the twins' parents Jenni Ezell (pictured back) and Dave Ezell at their Texas home full-time, as the boys are still receiving oxygen through throat tubes

Emotional: Jenni Ezell (pictured holding one of her twin boys) broke down in tears after bringing her health sons home nearly 11 months after they were born

Emotional: Jenni Ezell (pictured holding one of her twin boys) broke down in tears after bringing her health sons home nearly 11 months after they were born

When they were born in July last year, doctors were unsure if the boys, who shared intestines and a liver, would survive.

At just one-month-old, the twins underwent a risky nine-hour operation at Medical City Children’s Hospital to be separated.

The boys have undergone numerous procedures and nearly two months of rehab before doctors said they could leave the hospital.
 

 

'You can never predict what can happen but these little guys are definitely survivors,' Dr Tom Renard, the lead separation surgeon, told ABC News

His thoughts were echoed by the twins' parents Jenni and David Ezell, who said they were 'full of love and hope' that their boys were coming home.

In their blog about the twins, the Ezells wrote of their excitement at the babies being allowed to leave.

Conjoined twins: On July 15, 2013, Emmett and Owen Ezell were born conjoined at the stomach, connected from the chest to the belly button and sharing a liver and intestines

Conjoined twins: On July 15, 2013, Emmett and Owen Ezell were born conjoined at the stomach, connected from the chest to the belly button and sharing a liver and intestines

Struggle: The twins were joined at the abdomen and shared intestines and a liver

Struggle: The twins were joined at the abdomen and shared intestines and a liver

Growing up: Despite undergoing a massive operation, the twins are curious and happy babies

Growing up: Despite undergoing a massive operation, the twins are curious and happy babies

Curious: The twins' mother says they like to play and wave at the nurses who have been caring for them

Curious: The twins' mother says they like to play and wave at the nurses who have been caring for them

'This day, Thursday, June 12, 2014 will forever be a day remembered in our little family,' they wrote.

'We are overjoyed. Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Full of love and hope. Worried. Relieved. Enamored. And yet we are still missing two boys. Liam and Ethan are both in AR with family, but we will all be home soon.'

The family added that the twins' older brothers Ethan and Liam were also happy to have the babies home.

Although the Ezell's expressed anxiety about having their twins at home after months of specialized medical care, a nurse will live with them full-time.

The parents were also taught how to care for the twins, who are breathing on their own but are still receiving oxygen through tubes, NBC reported.

Relief: Parents Jenni and David Ezell are delighted that their boys are finally healthy enough to leave hospital

Relief: Parents Jenni and David Ezell are delighted that their boys are finally healthy enough to leave hospital

Survivors: Emmett and Owen Ezell pictured shortly after they were born in July last year

Survivors: Emmett and Owen Ezell pictured shortly after they were born in July last year

Surgery: The brothers had an operation to separate them when they were one-month-old

Surgery: The brothers had an operation to separate them when they were one-month-old

Homeward bound: It will be a few more weeks before the brothers finally go home, but their parents are delighted they are leaving hospital

Homeward bound: It will be a few more weeks before the brothers finally go home, but their parents are delighted they are leaving hospital

'We’ve still got milestones to meet, but we’re so much closer,' Jenni Ezell told NBC.

The twins' father, David Ezell, said the experience has brought their family closer.

'The truth is, the more we have each other, close to each other, especially bringing these boys home, the stronger this family is going to get,' he told NBC.

Holiday spirit: The brothers spent Christmas in the hospital, but that didn't dampen their moods

Holiday spirit: The brothers spent Christmas in the hospital, but that didn't dampen their moods

With their mother
With family

Family: The twins are pictured with mom Jenni and big brother Ethan


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That's absolutely amazing. What a beautiful job the surgeons have done. Two gorgeous little boys, happy and healthy.

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Why are they still getting oxygen? Just curious.

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They love fine now

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Blessed.

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In my mind, I hear the song "Go Your Own Way"! Have a wonderful life!

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Kudo's to the Surgeon and staff

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Two very happy babies! Awesome!

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I wonder if this is the first time they've been outside.

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