Twin Girls Joined at the Chest Successfully Separated After 18-Hour Surgery

The girls' family celebrated after the successful operation. (Courtesy Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford)
The girls’ family celebrated after the successful operation. (Courtesy Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital Stanford)

Twin girls born conjoined at the chest and abdomen were successfully separated after an 18-hour surgery that involved 50 physicians and other medical staff.

Erika and Eva Sandoval of Antelope, California, were born joined at the lower chest and upper abdomen, referred to as omphalo-ischiopagus twins. While they were born with their heart and lungs separate, they shared some lower anatomical structures including a liver, bladder and two kidneys.

“The twins did very well,” Dr. Gary Hartman, lead surgeon and Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford said in statement today. “Iā€™m very pleased; this is as good as we could have asked for.”

Eva was in the operating room for 17 hours, while her sister Erika was there for an additional hour. The twin girls are now recovering in the intensive-care unit.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Gillian Mohney

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