Welcome home and baptism ceremony held for Tucker twins
Their story made national headlines. Now two North Country twins are being welcomed with open arms. St. Cecilia's Parish in Adams held a public baptism ceremony for the Tucker twins. The girls were conjoined at birth and surgically separated back in November. YNN's Carmella Mataloni shows us the happy family.
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ADAMS, N.Y.--Conjoined at the chest and abdomen, Allison and Amelia Tucker were born in March of 2012. Eight months later, the girls underwent a seven hour surgery at a Philadelphia hospital to be separated and live normal lives.
The surgery was a success and in January the family returned back to their Adams home. Now almost four months after their surgery, the family’s parish, St. Cecelia’s in Adams wanted to give them a proper welcoming home ceremony.
"Oh we've been waiting a long time. We've been waiting almost a year and a half for this day; and, it's amazing what that young couple has been through," said church pastor, Father Patrick Ratigan.
After being told her babies would be born conjoined, Shellie Tucker was told her best option was to terminate her pregnancy. A second opinion from doctors at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia said surgery would work, so, the family decided to start planning.
"They respected the sanctity of life and really that's what it's all about today. They made such a large sacrifice for their two daughters and now we see the results," said Father Ratigan.
"These two little girls have in their short period of life have brought a lot of people into prayer," said Larry Ambeau, the twins grandfather.
Many community members came out to celebrate this special day with the Tucker family. Those we caught up with said these twins have such an amazing story.
"It's a miracle. Because there are very few who have survived this and come this far so it's a great testament," said Alexandria Bay resident and family friend Joel Walentuk.
Family members said they are now just trying to get the girls back into a normal lifestyle. They will be celebrating their first birthday and looking forward to the future.