Little Mackenzie, Macy and Madeline Garrison were the rarest triplets in the world. Of all triplet births, theirs is only the second known case in which two of the children are born as conjoined twins. However, against all odds, Macy and Mackenzie survived the critical first days after being born. And how they look like now brought tears to my eyes.
The arrival of triplets is always something extra special. But their biological mother was unable to care for the children. They were therefore given over to the loving custody of Darla and Jeff Garrison. They were already the parents of three sons but were overjoyed at the chance to expand their family.
The decision was made to separate Mackenzie and Macy in order to give them both the chance to lead independent lives.
In a 24-hour-long, high-risk procedure, the nine-month-old girls were separated with great care and precision. Happily, the operation was a complete success. Mackenzie and Macy were each left with only one leg; but much more important: both are alive!
Intense Physiotherapy helped them later to get around without assistance. Two years after the operation, Darla and Jeff were given the green light to adopt all three sisters. Together with their sons, the new family of eight live all together on a farm in Iowa.
The girls even have their own horse! They are healthy and happy and love to frolic around.
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