Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Surgeons Separate California Conjoined Twins

Twin 2-year-old girls who were joined at the chest and abdomen were separated yesterday during a lengthy, complex procedure at Stanford University’s children’s hospital. Philippines-born sisters Angelina and Angelica Sabuco underwent nine hours of surgery by a team of more than 20 doctors and nurses to gain their independence. By mid-afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman announced the girls had been separated and moved to their own operating rooms for the second phase of surgery – reconstructing the area where they were connected. Doctors said they were pleased with the progress of the operation so far at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. The surgery required separating livers, diaphragms, breastbones, chest and abdominal wall muscles. The children were expected to be in the hospital for two to three weeks.