HOUSTON — The proud team of pediatric specialists at Texas Children’s Hospital are sharing some great news about two of their most famous patients, formerly conjoined twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, who are both doing well.
Feb. 17 marked the one-year anniversary of the historic separation of the formerly conjoined twins at Texas Children’s. Knatalye and Adeline turned 2 years old on April 11 and now live in Littlefield, Texas with their parents, Elysse and Eric, 7-year-old brother, Azariah, and 1-year-old sister, Mia.
They still travel to Houston for treatment and are under the continued care of the specialists.
Knatalye underwent surgery to remove the metal struts that were used to stabilize her rib cage and to complete the closure of her chest wall on Aug. 31. The operation was directed by Dr. Dean McKenzie, congenital heart surgeon at Texas Children’s, with assistance from Dr. Ed Buchanan, pediatric plastic surgeon at Texas Children’s, and Dr. Darrell Cass, co-director of Texas Children’s Fetal Center.
“Knatalye and Adeline are doing awesome! Neither have experienced any complications and they are both making steady progress,” said Cass.
He also shared some major news about one of the girls.
“Knatalye is running! She recovered well from her chest surgery and is now returning to full activity. Her pelvis bones remain somewhat spread apart and she will benefit from surgical revision in order to ensure good hip function down the road. We anticipate she may undergo this procedure in the next six to 12 months. She is being weaned from the G-tube and is learning to eat on her own,” Cass said.
Cass said Adeline is also making good progress. Her lungs continue to improve and they are slowly weaning back her ventilator support.
“Despite her tracheostomy, she is eating well, even better than her sister! Her pelvis has healed well and we do not anticipate she will need further pelvic surgery,” Cass said. “I’ve always said the girls will walk into kindergarten one day together and I definitely think that will still be true.”
The girls are scheduled to return for a check-up in the next six months or so.