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Conjoined twins leave hospital as individual boys

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Conjoined twins born in Texas are now leaving the hospital as individual boys.

After spending their entire lives in the intensive care unit, Emmett and Owen Ezell are finally leaving the hospital and heading to a nearby rehabilitation center.

"They are doing so well and look at how beautiful they are," said Jenni Ezell, their mother.

"The 9-month-old boys were born connected from the belly button to the breast bone. At just 1-month-old, they underwent a successful nine-hour separation surgery at Medical City Children's Hospital," said Dave Ezell, their father.

"They had to separate a portion of the liver. They had to separate a common area of upper intestine that was joined together," said Dr. Clair Schwendeman.

After several additional surgeries the boys can now sit up and play with the medical staff.

While at rehab, the twins' parents will learn how to manage the boys' medical issues on their own, including caring for their feeding and breathing tubes.

Their mom says the best part about the twins' recovery so far has been getting to hold them.

"They have very specific ways they like to be held, and I know how they like to be held now, and it's such a good feeling and I can comfort them and it's so nice. It's so nice being able to do that," said Jenni Ezell.

The Ezell family hopes to finally have Emmett and Owen back home with their two big brothers in the coming weeks.

Doctors say the prognosis for the Ezell twins is good. They'll need their tracheas and feeding tubes for a few more months. They will also need additional surgeries on their stomachs. 

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