Through their mother's eyes: 8 months after separation surgery Tucker twins' personalities shine through

Greg and Shellie Tucker debut daughters, Allison and Amelia, to the public, after their separation surgery.

December 20, 2012

Eight months after Jefferson County conjoined twins Allison and Amelia Tucker were separated by surgeons, we're learning more about their personalities through the words and eyes of their mother, Shellie Tucker.

Tucker posted an update on the twins' progress Saturday.

Now almost 18 months old, Allison and Amelia look like little toddlers, their mother writes.

"They are so much fun but busy. I don't ever sit unless they're sleeping. One goes one way and the other goes the opposite way. I wouldn't have it any other way though," says Shellie.

Shellie says she continues to be inspired by the strength and determination she sees her precious little ones demonstrate every day.

"After taking time now to get to know them individually and together as a set, I see it more and more how amazing they truly are," she says. "Amelia and Allison are two remarkable little girls."

Shellie says Allison is starting to walk, beginning to take steps on her own. "Every day is a little more. She cruises with your hand or a hand on the wall. She climbs too which makes life even more interesting," Shellie writes.

Allison, a tom boy, doesn't care about dirt, but still loves her baby dolls. She has also discovered food. Her mother says she loves all kinds, describing her as their "hungry, hungry monster."

"If you have something, she will scream until she gets a piece. She can eat and eat 'til you think she is done and then will eat some more," Shellie shares.

But while she loves to eat, Allison doesn't like to drink. Shellie says her husband, Greg, and her are working on that part, helping Allison use her nasogastric (NG) tube to ingest liquids.

Once she is able to drink, she won't need the NG tube anymore.

While Allison can sometimes be a handful -- screaming to get her own way, and laughing when she's told no -- Shellie describes Amelia as the sweet, goofy one.

"She is mellow and laid back. She is sweet and such a lover," Amelia's mother writes. While Amelia doesn't like to get stuff on her hands, she loves to play with the cars and trucks when her big brother isn't looking.

Shellie says Amelia only eats a little bit, and receives most of her meals through her tube. The Tuckers will be taking Amelia to a feeding clinic soon.

"Otherwise the girls are doing well. They love being home. They look like little toddlers," their mother writes.

The girls were born attached at the lower chest and abdomen. They shared their chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium, and liver.

The twins were born at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and spent their first seven weeks in an infant intensive care unit. Then, they were moved to a surgical step-down unit.

Allison and Amelia were separated by a team of 40 surgeons on November 7, 2012. The surgery took seven hours.

On December 20, they were introduced to the public for the first time. In January, the Adams community came together to celebrate their homecoming with a parade.

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