There are a few moments in my career that will probably stick with me throughout my life. I've flown with presidential candidates, covered a Triple Crown winner, and hugged a woman who survived Ebola. This week will stand out as well. I met the Anias and Jadon McDonald, twins who until two months ago were joined at the top of their heads and today left the hospital for the first time as two separate babies.
It's an incredible story, one that isn't over by any means. Anias was the weaker twin and is living now without a full skull cap and some level of impairments. Jadon, the rock, is smiling and giggling, craving attention, but will as well undergo months of physical, cognitive, and speech therapy at their new rehab hospital. Time will tell what the lasting effects of the separation will be, but their parents Nicole and Christian are staying steadfast alongside them.
Despite the unknown, what the doctors at Montefiore Children's Hospital in the Bronx were able to do is incredible. I'm thankful that CNN asked me to document some of the many "firsts" the two have had over the last two days as well as to the family who never flinched in letting into their lives for a short time.
You can find the story here, as well as more photos below.