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Separation of 2-Year-Old Conjoined Twins a Success

The Sabuco twin girls before the surgery.

The two-year-old twin girls, Angelica and Angelina Sabuco, who were joined at the chest and abdomen were successfully separated in a 10-hour surgery yesterday in California.

Good Morning America reports that one of the surgeons, Dr. Gary Hartman said, “It couldn’t have gone better.”

While the prelude to the surgery was intense and lengthy, the recovery prognosis is that the girls will be soon be healthy and back to playing soon. 

The girls’ mother discovered she was carrying conjoined twins when she was seven months pregnant, living in the Philippines alone while her husband was working in the U.S. They brought the twins to California in September of 2010 and started the evaluation process for the surgery to separate them in November of that year. After a year of tests and preliminary procedures, the girls were ready for the surgery at Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

The actual separation of the twins took two hours and the other eight hours were dedicated to reconstructing the girls’ bodies. Only about six surgeries to separate conjoined twins happen in the U.S. a year, and, according to ABC News, there have only been about 24 successful separation surgeries performed in the world.

The girls are expected to wake up from their surgery today and their parents look forward to returning home to a normal life with two healthy twin girls.

Photo Courtesy of: The Sambuco Family

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