It takes a village

Hundreds of caretakers helped conjoined twins beat the odds

By: Nickie Doria, Lauren Gajda, Courtney Grigsby, Leah Harms, Alisha Kinman, Karin Lillis, Todd Taylor
Infant-Story_Presser_JSJ_8JJ6520 To learn more about the twins, read the press release at UFHealth.org/news and a feature story about the twins at POST.UFHealth.ufl.edu.
0CT1 Before conjoined twins Savannah and Scarlett were born, many imaging scans showed the hearts in utero. While these scans provided information about how the babies’ hearts were developing, a physical heart model could help the care teams evaluate their heart structures and determine the best course of action to separate the twins’ hearts during surgery. 3D Systems, a company out of Colorado, used the medical images to create a 3-D physical model of the conjoined hearts. It featured color-coding to differentiate each part of the hearts; enabled our care teams to fully examine the interior and exterior structures of the hearts; and confirmed that separation was imperative for the twins’ survival.
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Meet Savannah and Scarlett's Caretakers

Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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Fetal Cardiac Program Team

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Neonatal ICU

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Anesthesiology

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Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging and Cardiac Catheterization Team

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Pediatric Radiology

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Surgery

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Pediatric Cardiac ICU, part of the UF Congenital Heart Center

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