Preparing Their Physical Bodies For The Challenge
The mental preparation of maintaining a positive mindset was only half the battle for these brave girls. It was vital for Kendra and Maliyah to prepare their physical bodies for the upcoming challenge of separation. They underwent weekly procedures to stretch their skin. Despite being so young, the girls vividly remember this process. They stated in an interview, “Every week, we would get tissue expanders which were, like, little balloons that you get placed under the skin so that the skin stretches so that we would have enough skin to get closed.” This was a necessary step to prepare their bodies for the inevitable separation. Without stretching their skin in this way, the twins wouldn’t have enough skin to close their bodies after the separation. Despite the pain and invasiveness of the procedure, the girls remained strong. Their parents encouraged them to keep pushing forward in the hopes that their upcoming surgery would give them the opportunity to lead uncomplicated and well-adjusted lives.