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Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Dallas Hospital For In-Patient Rehab

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - For the first time in their young lives a set of 9-month-old twins left a Dallas hospital Wednesday.

Brothers Emmett and Owen Ezell have had a tough road since birth. They were born conjoined, but left Medical City Children's Hospital as separate little boys.

His family talked about their emotional journey.

formerly conjoined Twin 1
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"I have two babies... two separate babies," mom Jenni Ezell said as her voice started to crack. "It's amazing. It's the most wonderful feeling."

In September, Jenni and Dave Ezell were elated that their twin boys were alive. Born conjoined, brothers Emmitt and Owen shared a liver and some intestinal tract.

Surviving the separation was just the first hurdle for the twins. Now, nine months and several more surgeries later, they're one step closer to going home.

Jenni said, "The power of prayer. We would not be here without God. He has showed the nurses and the staff and just guided their hands and showed them how to take care of the boys and get them to this point for us."

The boys still depend on a feeding tube for nutrition and a tracheotomy helps them breathe at night.

Despite their medical issues their mom says the two are normal boys. "They're very interactive, very social little boys. They flirt with all of the girls that come in. They flash smiles and wave. They're what they're supposed to be."

formerly conjoined twin 2
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Doctors told CBS 11 News the boys are doing great, but are still medically fragile. The pair will spend the next few weeks at an in-patient rehab hospital, where their parents will learn how to handle their specialized care.

It'll likely still be hectic, but oh, so sweet. "I think it's going to be fabulous having all four boys together and seeing them play and interact and fight," Jenni said excitedly. "I mean, they're gonna fight and it's gonna be great."

Dad Dave is happy to have his boys anyway they come. "I think we can say, 'alright, this is finally… this is normal.' Even if it's normal with the boys and they've got feeding tubes and trachs, but they're home. That's going to be normal. That's going to be fantastic."

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