A couple who had conjoined twins trusted God every step of the way despite all the odds. And today, they are praising God and testifying the miracle after the twins were successfully separated in a 10-hour surgery.
Maggie and Dom Altobelli felt an overwhelming joy after they found out they would soon be parents of twin baby girls. However, shortly after, heartbreaking news led them to a challenging time. Doctors discovered that the twins were conjoined, and both shared a stomach.
The news truly scared Maggie and Dom. But both chose to look to God and trusted Him with their unlikely situation.
“It was a surprise and it was very shocking,” the mother of the twins said. “But, we just thought that God gave us these girls for a reason.”
Since then, the parents accepted the challenge, knowing God would come through for them. And the long and difficult journey began.
Maggie and Dom went to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) from Chicago to be operated on. The babies, Addy and Lily, went through several tests to make sure that the surgery was possible. Moreover, doctors warned Maggie and Dom of the very high-risk operation. But they continued with it, depending on their confidence in God. They decided to surrender everything to God. Even while Maggie was still pregnant with them, they called them “Faith” and “Hope.”
Then finally, the day came for the conjoined twins to be separated.
“It was very surreal, just very emotional,” Maggie recalled. “The whole day was very peaceful and we kind of just gave it to God – and we’ve done that throughout this whole journey.”
The experienced medical professional doctors operated on the twins for 10 hours. And after the surgery, the surgeon informed them that it was successful and complete.
“I just fell to the floor,” the mother said. “Everybody was just crying and sobbing. There was so much joy.”
Today, Maggie and Dom feel so grateful to God for the miracle. The twins are now home with them after two months of recovering from the operation.
“I still cry to this day, just seeing the girls sitting in the living room and watching Frozen or any Disney movie,” she said. “Because it’s just that thing that you always hope for and imagine. And it’s really indescribable. I can’t describe how amazing it is.”
The twin baby girls still receive “physical, occupational, and speech therapy and are on feeding tubes at the moment.” But both are amazingly taking life one step at a time.
“This is our journey. It’s a very special one in many ways,” Maggie explained. “These girls are going to live long, healthy lives. It’s pretty miraculous and unbelievable that we’re living this life.”