It is not simple to be a parent. Having a child is more than just giving birth to a human being; it also entails accepting and fighting for them in the face of adversity. Michelle Brantley and Bryan Mirabal learned in 2014 that their twin sons were conjoined at the sternum and that their life was not guaranteed, therefore they were given the option to terminate the pregnancy.
Carter and Conner Mirabal were born on December 12, 2014, after the couple opted against it. The twins had the same liver, intestines, and abdominal wall. They were in the NICU for 5 months after surviving their initial organ repair operation so they could have separation surgery!
In May 2015, a team of 17 surgeons and staff scrubbed in for their separation surgery. On Friday, May 6, 2016, Carter finally went home to join Conner and his parents. The only surviving conjoined twins from Jacksonville lived happy years with their families. In May of 2020, the brave twins celebrated their pre-kindergarten graduation.
Despite the family’s efforts to give the twins a normal life, there are still tough moments they have to face. In January, their parents posted a call for prayers that says, “Conner just keeps waking up crying, telling us his back hurts. And Carter wants to rip everything off himself. He has been a little bit more irritable.”
Up until recently, Carter and Conner still had gastrointestinal tubes in their little bodies, but their doctors experimented with removing them in October, and they both did great.
The doctors said that if they don’t lose weight, the twins may be able to go without their gastrointestinal tubes for the foreseeable future and be able to spend more happy moments with their families.