Texas Children’s Hospital

Once-Conjoined Twins Are Reunited After 500 Days Spent Recovering Apart

April 26, 2018 - 2:46 pm

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

After nearly 500 days in the hospital, this formerly-conjoined twin was finally able to reunite with her sister!

16-month-old Hope Elizabeth Richards was surgically separated from her identical twin sister Anna Grace last January but had to remain at Texas Children’s Hospital for the last few months in order to recover.

Now the Texas family is finally able to be together under one roof and the twins are now able to make up for lost time together.  


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A team of nearly 75 surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists and nurses from eight specialties performed the seven-hour procedure to separate the conjoined identical twin girls born on December 29, 2016, weighing a combined 9 lbs. 12 oz. Anna and Hope were joined at their chest and abdomen, through the length of their torso sharing the chest wall, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart), diaphragm and liver. In addition, they also had a large blood vessel connecting their hearts.


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The parents said they’re thankful that their daughter Hope is finally able to come home, with the twins' mother Jill Richards even saying this is the moment it all feels real. "We are so excited for Hope to join Anna and her brothers at home. Our family is eternally thankful for the doctors, nurses, child life specialists, physical therapists and many others at Texas Children’s who took incredible care of our precious girls."