Formerly conjoined twins leave Westchester hospital
The parents of the conjoined twins separated during a landmark 21-hour surgery earlier this year celebrated Friday as their girls were finally able to leave the hospital.
Abel Camacho and Laurillin Celadilla were greeted with cheers by the staff at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital in Valhalla, Westchester County as they prepared to leave with their twin daughters. Celadilla says she was overwhelmed with happiness.
Doctors performed the risky surgery on Bellanie and Ballenie when they were 11 months old. The twins were joined at the tailbone and shared a spinal cord, gastrointestinal connections and a major artery. It took a team of 50 medical professionals to complete the multiple procedures.
Camacho and Celadilla say they can't thank everyone involved enough. They say the miracle they have been given has made them believe all things are possible.
The girls now head to physical therapy for a few months before they can head home to the Dominican Republic.