The hospital passage filled with family members waiting with bated breath. Hugging, holding hands and praying, the small gathering of people were all desperately hoping for one thing: news that two little boys had survived.
As doctors rolled out heavily sedated brothers Arthur and Bernardo Lima, tears of joy streamed down the faces of their parents, Adriely and Antonio Lima. “I can’t believe my children are separated!” Adriely shouted to those who’d been so solemn just moments before.
The relief was understandable. Their three-year-old sons went into the operating theatre as conjoined twins and emerged more than a day later, safely separated thanks to groundbreaking surgery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.