Calif con­joined twins sep­a­rated

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH -

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Con­joined Cal­i­for­nia twins Eva and Erika San­doval have be­come two sep­a­rate tod­dlers fol­low­ing a 17hour marathon surgery and are re­cov­er­ing “quite well,” of­fi­cials said Thurs­day. The Sacra­mento Bee re­ported the 2-yearold Sacra­mento area girls were born con­joined from the ch­est down and shared a blad­der, liver, parts of their diges­tive sys­tem and a third leg. Their par­ents said each girl has re­tained por­tions of the or­gans they shared.

Each girl still has one leg and sur­geons told the news­pa­per both would likely need a pros­thetic leg. The third limb was used for skin grafts to cover sur­gi­cal wounds. Their par­ents were over­joyed with the success of the sep­a­ra­tion, which has been in the plan­ning stages since be­fore the girls were born. “They look amaz­ing. They’re amaz­ing. They have their hair done, and they’re rest­ing,” said mother Aida San­doval. “We’re just go­ing to take it one day at a time and let them catch up on their rest.”

At a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day af­ter­noon, she said she has seen the twins sep­a­rated and awake. “The first time I saw the girls it was very sur­real,” she said. “And it’s still very sur­real.” Speak­ing through tears and in both Span­ish and English, she said it’s been a “long journey to get here.” “It’s re­ally been a dream come true,” she said. The twins are in sta­ble con­di­tion and are ex­pected to re­main in in­ten­sive care for up to two weeks, Lu­cile Packard Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Stan­ford of­fi­cials said. Lead sur­geon Dr Gary Hart­man said a team of 50 worked on the pro­ce­dure. “(It’s) the same goal we have for all of our chil­dren: that we end up with two, happy healthy girls,” Hart­man said. “Any­one who saw the girls be­fore surgery can tes­tify to the happy part,” which he cred­ited en­tirely to their par­ents, Hart­man said. “We think that this week we made a big step to­ward the healthy part. — AP

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