Conjoined Twins Nolan
- Category : 2001-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 6/2 - Role Model / Hermit
- Definition : Split - Small (36)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Incarnation 1
Australian craniopagic twin sisters, Alyssa Grace and Bethany Rose, born joined at the side near the top part of their heads at the parietal bone, by skin, bone and brain tissue, and they face in the same direction. After a pregnancy that had gone full term, beyond 37 weeks gestation, they were delivered by a "classical caesarian section" with a vertical incision that provides a larger hole than the more conventional transverse cut. There were no complications during the surgery that took about an hour.
Shawn Nolan, 34, who has won the Queensland Salesman of the Year award, and his wife, Mary, 28, a geriatric nurse, are from the northern Brisbane suburbs and already have three young sons. The girls were born healthy with heaps of ginger-red hair, the same as their dad, also a redhead. He said that "One’s cranky and one’s placid. They are absolutely glorious, healthy and happy. Mum’s healthy and she is happy. We are very proud parents." The girls will undergo many weeks and months of tests to determine the significance of their join before it is decided whether they will be separated. Alyssa was born with only one kidney while Bethany has no kidneys, no bladder and a clubfoot that may indicate brain damage. The girls will undergo many weeks and months of tests to determine the significance of their join before it is decided whether they will be separated.
Craniopagic twins extremely rare (occurring once in every 150,000 to 200,000 births) and yet Brisbane had two sets born here from local families in just over a year. (The other pair, Tay-lah and Monique Armstrong were born joined at the back of the head (facing away from each other) in the same hospital on 4/03/2000 and were separated successfully in October 2000, although Tay-Lah remains quite ill.)
On 6/01/1991, doctors were forced to attempt a
separation of the twins after Bethany's health deteriorated rapidly. Her medical team believed that without intervention, she would die. The surgery was performed the following day, and 16 hours into the 20-hour operation, twin Bethany Rose died. Surviving twin Alyssa Grace was in a critical but stable condition. On 6/05/1991, Alyssa was removed from the critical list and doing very well considering the severity of the surgery.
Royal Children's Hospital district manager said the next 14 days were critical for Alyssa, who will need a bone graft at the site where the twins had been joined.
Australian media reported in November 2009 about Alyssa Nolan that she had 40 operations to correct problems since her separation, has epilepsy, recurring kidney problems and some developmental delays, and would need more surgery. Her mother is quoted with "But on the outside, to look at her she's just a very outgoing, very bright - socially, anyway - very talkative, bossy, beautiful eight-year-old girl. She's certainly the diva of the family."