A family who took a leap of faith to come to the U.S. with just their conjoined newborn girls is set to head back home, their daughters separate, healthy, and thriving.
In 2016, Marino Abel Camacho and Laurilin Celadilla Marte left the Dominican Republic, leaving behind two other daughters, quitting their jobs, and selling their home to come to New York City for the twins’ medical procedure.
Camacho told the New York Post that when the twins — Bellanie and Ballenie — were born “we were very scared.”
He added, “In the Dominican Republic, there isn’t really a hospital that has experience dealing with this. The doctor just kept saying they would see what they could do.”
A family friend who had worked for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, N.Y. heard about the Camachos’ dilemma and contacted the hospital.
Six months later, the parents and their twins were headed to New York where they lived with family members while awaiting the surgery.
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Although the cost of the surgery was paid with philanthropic donations, the couple has had to pay for the twins’ health care in Santo Domingo, their travel visas, and will pay for their passage back home once the girls are released from the hospital.
To help ease this burden, the family has set up a GoFundMe page.
Camacho said, although they now have to start with zero, “When [we see the twins] happy, smiling, playing — that for us is everything. That’s the reason we keep struggling.”
Marte agreed, adding, “We leave [the U.S.] with a happiness that we had never thought possible before we came here.”
Meet the twins below:
H/T: New York Post
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