Macy and Mackenzie Garrison

Macy and Mackenzie Garrison

Sisters separated conjoined twins
Country: USA

Sisters, conjoined twins

Sisters, conjoined (Siamese) twins. In 2003, the girls were successfully separated, and now they live a normal life - go to school, engage in sports, and love drawing. Macy and Mackenzie Garrison were born in 2002, along with their third sister, Madeline. There were no problems with Madeline, but Macy and Mackenzie were conjoined. They shared a third leg, and also partially shared the intestines and liver. The girls' biological parents had drug problems, so the girls were immediately placed in foster care. The new parents of the girls became Darla and Jeff Garrison from Riverside, California. They already had three sons in their large family, but they had never seen triplets, especially such unusual ones. Darla and Jeff's biological son, Luke, was thrilled - he now had three little sisters! The Harrison family now had six children - three sons and three daughters. Macy and Mackenzie weighed just over 900 grams at birth, but the doctors were clear: the girls could be separated. Giving them some time to grow, it was decided to perform the operation to separate them closer to their first birthday. Additionally, during this time, the girls were prepared - their skin was stretched. The new parents of the triplets loved all three of them at once, surrounding them with care and trying to give them everything that nature and their biological parents deprived them of. They were not at all bothered by the fact that the girls were conjoined - Jeff even joked that when Macy and Mackenzie were joined, it was very convenient to hold them - one fit perfectly on the right, the other on the left. The operation to separate Macy and Mackenzie took place at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 2003 when the girls were 9 months old, and all three sisters celebrated their first birthday as separate girls. They were prepared for separation and operated on by Dr. James Stein, a brilliant pediatric surgeon and professor. The operation lasted for 24 hours, and as a result, resting after the surgery, Macy and Mackenzie slept separately for the first time. Madeline was luckier than her sisters at birth - she grew up completely healthy and caused no concerns for the doctors. After the separation, Macy and Mackenzie each had only one leg, and the girls learned to walk with crutches. By the way, over time, they got so used to their crutches that they didn't hinder them from running, jumping, and even dancing. Later, when several TV stories had already been made about this unusual family, Jeff and Darla recalled that in the beginning they were very discouraged by people's curiosity - wherever they went, people everywhere openly stared at the conjoined girls. They had to cover them up to hide them from prying eyes. By the age of seven, Macy and Mackenzie became real daredevils - they could ride horses (the family owns a small horse farm), climb trees, and zoom around on their crutches at an unimaginable speed. Their sister Madeline outgrew both of them - she is much taller, so people often mistake her for the older sister. Macy and Mackenzie communicate actively and without hesitation with journalists and share their plans. For example, they want and plan to play soccer, and they easily explained how to play soccer with just one leg and a pair of crutches. In terms of character, all three girls are completely different, but sometimes Macy and Mackenzie feel like they can read each other's minds. The girls quickly adapted to school, and their teacher was almost shocked when she saw Macy jumping rope, which two other girls were spinning. Despite the fact that both girls already have prosthetics, they prefer to get around with crutches - they are much lighter and more familiar to them. By the way, sometimes, especially at home, if the sisters are too lazy to use their crutches, they just hop on one leg. Today, Darla and Jeff can no longer imagine their life without Madeline, Macy, and Mackenzie. 'The Power of Love' - that's what the video story about this amazing family was called, shown on the program '60 Minutes'.

Macy and Mackenzie Garrison

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