Formerly conjoined twins brought home to NY

January 18, 2013 8:38:17 AM PST
Twin girls born last year joined at the lower chest and abdomen and later separated by surgeons in Philadelphia are back home in northern New York.

Local media outlets report that about 25 relatives and friends greeted parents Shellie and Greg Tucker when they returned home Thursday evening with their daughters, 10-month-old Amelia and Allison Tucker, who were born March 1 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Fire trucks escorted the family to a welcome home gathering at a school in the Jefferson County village of Belleville.

On Nov. 7, the hospital's surgical team worked for seven hours to separate the girls, who shared a chest wall, diaphragm and liver. The surgeon who led the operation said the girls are expected to have full, independent lives.