Conjoined twins successfully separated in Jacksonville

Carter and Conner Mirabal, 5 months old, were born attached at the torso

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville's first conjoined twins have been successfully separated after a day-long surgery by a joint team from Wolfson Children's Hospital and Nemours Children's Specialty Care.

Doctors said the boys are recovering well.

Carter and Conner Mirabal are just about 5 months old, and for the first time, the boys are separated.

The twins were born in Jacksonville in December and were joined at the torso and had fused livers.

Conjoined twins are rare and a lot of them don't survive. Experts said the boys could have died if surgeons didn't separate them very early in life. So they planned for months, gathered a team of the best of the best and pulled off the first surgery of its kind in Jacksonville.

Waiting was the hardest part for the boys' parents. For 12 tense hours, Bryan Mirabal and Michelle Brantley sat in a room as a team of 17 doctors and nurses performed the surgery.

"It's a very risky situation. I was scared, you know?" Mirabal said.