Unfortunately, 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.
To make the operation easier, their skin had to first be stretched with skin expanders. 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 with the help of custom-made prosthetics, it’s no problem for them. Physiotherapy will help them later to get around without assistance. What is much more important: both are alive!