marian & michelle - conjoined twins

Conjoined twins Marian and Michelle Bernard before their operation

*(Via CBS News) -There’s nothing unusual about twins holding hands. But 6-month-old infants Marian and Michelle Bernard share much more: They were born joined at the abdomen.

When we saw them, they were minutes away from one of medicine’s rarest and riskiest operations. Improbably, the 2010 earthquake that brought so much death and destruction to Haiti also helped bring Michelle and Marian a shot at a normal life.

Their future was in the hands of Dr. Henri Ford. Born in Haiti, he and his family left a Port-au-Prince neighborhood in 1972. He became an ivy-league-trained pediatric surgeon, now Chief of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He rarely returned to his home country, but that changed when the earthquake struck.

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