Emily and James probably waited with bated breath for their ultrasound technician’s evaluation. And what he said will live with them forever. “I remember Dr. McDuffie going over and over one section of my stomach. [He] turned everything off, and he said, ‘They’re joined.’ And I checked out,” Emily recalled in an interview with 7NEWS Denver in November 2017.
The devastated parents started researching conjoined twins. Soon, they began to worry about what the future had in store for them and their children. “Everything we came up with was sideshow freaks all negative. It was really disheartening, and these are your kids, [so] you get nothing positive out of that,” James revealed.
However, there was some hope for Emily and James to cling to. Their twins were only joined at the base of the spine, so they each had a full set of internal organs. As a result, they had a greater chance of surviving separation.