Donations can be sent to Carlsen Twins, c/o Town and Country Credit Union, 815 25th St. S., Fargo, ND 58103.
On the living room floor of a Fargo, N.D., home, two baby girls are playing.
and teething, they quickly grow fussy and reach for their parents. Mom
cuddles one daughter while sitting in a black leather recliner. Dad
sits with the other on a tan sofa, letting her grab the bill of his
It’s a normal moment for a family of four, but still new for the parents of these identical twins.
Abby Carlsen snuggles in her mother Amy’s arms, Jesse Carlsen
entertains daughter Belle on their first day back home in Fargo, N.D.
Abby and Belle, who left Fargo more than three months earlier as
conjoined twins, returned home as healthy, separate babies.|
the first five and a half months, Jesse and Amy Carlsen couldn’t hold
their daughters separately. Abbigail and Isabelle were
conjoined—connected at the lower chest and abdomen.
most of those months in a hospital, preparing for surgery at the Mayo
Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and then recovering from the successful
separation. They returned home in early June.
“It was quite a journey we went through,” Amy said, holding Abby on her lap. “I just can’t believe it’s done. It’s done.”
the journey, they found love and support from their family, friends,
faith and from thousands who were touched by their story. They still
marvel at the outpouring of concern and compassion, from Fargo and
Throughout the wonder and worry, they remained
optimistic, never asking, “Why us?” That would indicate something bad
had happened, Jesse said. “These girls have been nothing but good,” he
added. “They’re the best thing that has happened to us in our lives. I
thank God every day we have them.”
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