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Separated conjoined twins to spend first Christmas together in Florida

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The twin sisters Jesi and Remi arrived into the world on May 15. They shared a liver and a connected intestine. Now they'll be home for Christmas, together but separate. (UF Florida Health)

Conjoined twin sisters, separated by doctors in Florida over the summer, will spend their first Christmas together at home as a family, according to the University of Florida Health.

The twin sisters Jesi and Remi arrived into the world on May 15. They shared a liver and a connected intestine.

Surgeons separated the two on July 23.

Remi went home on Oct. 24. Jesi went home on Monday after spending 203 days in the hospital.

“The best Christmas presents ever,” said Andre Pitre of Apopka, their father.

“It’s pretty amazing to watch them blossoming into little active 6-month-old babies that do normal 6-month-old baby stuff even though they’ve been confined to four walls the majority of their life,” said Angi Pitre, the mother of the twins. “And today is exciting because little Jesi gets to break through those walls and go home.”

The Pitres, who also have a 14-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son, called it bittersweet to leave the hospital, as they considered doctors and staff as family. “We have built a family here over the last six months,” Angi said. “And it’s going to be hard to leave some of them because our babies are here because of them.”

UF Health says it has cared for four sets of conjoined twins since 2016.


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