These once-conjoined twins are headed residence for Christmas


They’ll be residence for Christmas.

Seven months after they have been born conjoined on the stomach, twin sisters Jesi and Remi Pitre are headed residence on Saturday to Apopka, Florida, the place last-minute touches have been finalized to organize and sanitize the household’s residence forward of their much-anticipated arrival. The homecoming additionally comes after a complete of seven surgical procedures because the twins have been born to Angi and André Pitre on Mom’s Day on the College of Florida Shands Kids’s Hospital in Gainesville, the place they have been later separated from their shared liver and related gut in July.

André Pitre, 35, stated the women now have a pediatrician lined up in Apopka, a suburb of Orlando, after Jesi was discharged on Monday following respiratory problems. Remi, in the meantime, had been launched from the hospital in October, however stayed in Gainesville at an house a number of blocks away from the hospital with Angi to make attending to her routine physician appointments simpler and to keep away from the 110-mile, one-way journey again residence.

André Pitre stated the couple realized they have been having twins throughout his spouse’s very first sonogram.Courtesy of Andre Pitre

“The home needs to be sanitized, we now have to pack up the house that we’ve been dwelling in and that’s just about it at this level,” André Pitre informed The Submit. “We’re simply engaged on getting all that lined up as a result of we now have to make sure that Jesi is comfy on the journey and that they get residence safely.”

Pitre estimated that he’s traveled “almost 10,000 miles” backwards and forwards from the hospital, which the Pitres chosen as a result of it had cared for 4 units of conjoined twins since 2016, together with a profitable separation of twins hooked up on the coronary heart.

“The group of surgeons there are extraordinarily gifted,” he stated.

Pitre knew his daughters confronted lengthy odds from the beginning, as as much as 60 p.c of conjoined twins are stillborn, based on the hospital.

“It was a pretty big shock,” he recalled in regards to the second he and Angi realized they have been having conjoined twins, doubling their brood from two kids to 4. “We came upon really on the first sonogram appointment. So the primary time we acquired to see them, I observed there have been two heartbeats.”

It took a number of extra weeks to totally affirm the infants have been conjoined, one thing that was extraordinarily intimidating initially, he stated.

André and Angi Petre with their twin daughters, Jesi and Remi, who were born on May 15 with a shared liver and connected intestine
André and Angi Petre with their twin daughters, Jesi and Remi, who have been born on Might 15 with a shared liver and related gutMindy C. Miller/College of Florida Well being

“However truthfully, I’m a really deeply faith-based individual so I’ve by no means had cause to doubt that issues could be OK, that issues have been going to work out precisely the best way they have been alleged to and so long as I did what I wanted to do, issues could be all proper. So I took consolation in that, however so far as coping with the feelings of that second, there was positively some worry, anxiousness and a little bit of shock. It was fairly a surreal state of affairs.”

The twins “nonetheless face various hurdles” as soon as again residence, nevertheless. Jesi stays on oxygen and wishes ongoing respiratory assist since her lungs are undersized and each ladies want feeding tubes. Additionally they each have been identified with torticollis, a situation that causes neck muscle mass to contract, twisting the pinnacle to at least one aspect, André Pitre stated.

They can even want at the very least yet one more surgical procedure inside the subsequent yr to shut their belly partitions, he stated.

However Pitre, who juggles a number of jobs, stated he’s ready for the unpredictability that awaits him and his younger household.

“Properly, to be sincere, simply persevering with to grind each minute, each second till I fall over every night time,” he stated when requested how he has stayed sane. “I’m as ready as I might be. I do know there’s going to be lots that’s simply ineffable, unexplainable, so there positively is a few nervousness together with that. However I do know that it’s going to be all proper and we’ll get it found out.”

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