Conjoined twins who were given a mere 2% chance of survival have defied the odds and successfully graduated from kindergarten. Heather Delaney, their mother, discovered during her 11th week of pregnancy that she was carrying craniopagus twins, joined at the head. The girls were born prematurely at 30 weeks, with a combined weight of just 6 pounds, and spent their first year in the neonatal intensive care unit.
However, at the age of one, they underwent a groundbreaking surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, where their skulls were separated. Despite facing developmental challenges, Abby and Erin, as they near their seventh birthday, are flourishing and enjoying life, much to the joy of their proud parents, Heather and Riley. Witnessing their daughters graduate from kindergarten recently was an awe-inspiring moment for the family.
Reflecting on their journey, Heather, a 33-year-old stay-at-home mom from Statesville, North Carolina, expressed her gratitude and disbelief at their fortunate outcome. While acknowledging their disabilities and ongoing struggles, she emphasizes the girls’ remarkable happiness. Heather describes the graduation ceremony as surreal, as if they were living in a dream. She remains optimistic about her daughters’ future, recognizing that the possibilities for their accomplishments are boundless.
Reminders of their conjoined past can be found in the house through baby photos, and the parents intend to have a meaningful conversation with the twins when the time is right. Their goal is to instill a sense of pride in Abby and Erin, ensuring they embrace their unique journey and heritage.
The twins currently attend a mainstream school but receive additional support through a specialized class that caters to their specific needs. Erin has been walking since the age of five, and now Abby is beginning to follow suit. Heather humorously remarks that once Abby starts running, keeping up with both of them will pose a challenge.
Throughout their experience, Heather and Riley have been determined to share their story with others facing similar pregnancies, offering them hope and reassurance. They hope to demonstrate that separation is a viable option, allowing children to lead healthy and joyful lives. Looking at Abby and Erin today, their parents are filled with immense pride and admiration for their incredible journey.