Conjoined twins allowed parents “to testify to the Lord’s faithfulness in the normal things.”

 By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Life-affirming miracles are not just the stuff of Biblical stories. They actually happen on a regular basis, if one knows where to look.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been the home-away-from-home for the Castle family, and that is where they have witnessed their miracle.

At an ultrasound appointment, Stephanie Castle learned that she was pregnant with conjoined twins—the type of thing that only happens in one out of every 50,000 births, according to writer Kim Henderson of World. 

In a March 10th post, Henderson chronicles life with the Castles since the discovery that their preborn baby girls would enter the world together, joined in their mid-section. 

Henderson writes that abortion “was not even a thought in their head,” for Stephanie and her pastor-husband Dwight. 

In April of last year, the Castles created a Facebook page detailing the lives of the twins. One of their videos attracted more than five million views. Babies Elizabeth and Susannah were born April 22nd and lived their first 100 days in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.  

In the fall, the twins underwent something called “tissue expander surgery,” according to World. They were prepared for separation when a surgeon implanted balloon-like expanders underneath their abdominal skin. 

The subsequent separation surgery three months later required 14 hours, testing the Castles’ faith once again. 

Susannah was later released, and her mother notes that her first day beyond hospital walls was “memorable.” As Stephanie points out, “You should have seen her reaction to cars.” 

She joined the Castles’ older children—two boys and a girl—in their rented house in New Jersey. Her twin sister Elizabeth was released from the Philadelphia hospital recently and is expected to stay for a time at Children’s Hospital of Alabama, where the family is from.   

Meanwhile, Dwight Castle is expressing gratitude for the family’s many blessings. As he told World, “Everyone experiences hardship in life. It’s just the reality of living in this broken world. I think this year had allowed us to testify to the Lord’s faithfulness in the normal things.”