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Formerly conjoined twins celebrate first birthday

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Owen and Emmett Ezell were born July 17, 2013, conjoined at the chest and sharing several critical organs. The twins recently celebrated their first birthday. (Source: WFAA/CNN) Owen and Emmett Ezell were born July 17, 2013, conjoined at the chest and sharing several critical organs. The twins recently celebrated their first birthday. (Source: WFAA/CNN)

DALLAS (WFAA/CNN) - Conjoined brothers, who some doubted would be alive today, returned to the Dallas hospital where they were separated to celebrate their first birthday.

Owen and Emmett Ezell were born July 17, 2013, conjoined at the chest and sharing several critical organs. They survived a daring separation surgery six weeks later.

They returned to Medical City Dallas Children's Hospital to mark their first birthday with the staff that saved their lives and made celebrating possible.

"You know thank you just doesn't say it enough," said dad Dave Ezell.

The boys graduated from a live-in rehab about a month ago and are finally at home, thriving. They are now breathing completely on their own, reaching what seem to be miracle milestones, considering their start in life.

"Owen is about to start crawling. He's so, so close. And I figure once he starts going, that one's going to be really close behind him," said mom Jenni Ezell.

The boys are still connected to feeding tubes, so they can't eat birthday cake yet. But opportunities for that are many more.

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