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
To learn more about the twins, read the press release at and a feature story about the twins at
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.

Meet Savannah and Scarlett's Caretakers

Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Fetal Cardiac Program Team

Neonatal ICU


Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging and Cardiac Catheterization Team

Pediatric Radiology


Pediatric Cardiac ICU, part of the UF Congenital Heart Center