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Conjoined twins are separated in seven-hour surgery

November 2, 2011 |  8:36 am

Mother of conjoined twins
Surgeons in Northern California said they successfully separated 2-year-old conjoined twin girls in a seven-hour operation.

After Tuesday's surgery by a huge medical team at Stanford's Lucile Packard Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., the mother of Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, Ginady Sabuco, said: "I thank God for everything. This is a dream come true."

Pediatric surgeon Gary Hartman said the procedure posed "no significant surprises," the Mercury-News in San Jose reported. The greatest risk — the possibility of uncontrolled bleeding from severing the liver — was averted, he said.

The girls were taken to separate recovery rooms after the operation. They had been joined at the chest and abdomen.

Born in the Philippines, the twins arrived in the United States at age 1 with their mother to join their father, Fidel.



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Photo: Ginady Sabuco holds back tears as she prepares to talk to reporters after the surgery. She is joined by plastic surgeon Peter Lorenz, left, and pediatric surgeon Gary Hartman. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press