Everyone is happy as the conjoined twins from the Philippines had a successful surgery. Doctor manages to separate the twins safely.
The operation got conducted by 20 surgeons with around 15 to 20 staff at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital worked for 10 hours so that they could separate Angelina from Angelica Sabuco. The twins had spent most of their lives so far connected at the chest and abdomen.
Mother Ginady Sabuco says she is thanking God for everything; words are not enough to express the feeling that they have right now.
Lead surgeon Gary Hartman at the hospital in the northern Californian city of Palo Alto believes that the girls will have a complete recovery.
He added that the two are remarkably resilient. The lasting prognosis is that they would expect a happy, strong set of girls. As of now, the doctors do not see any hindrance upon the full recovery of the twins.
Currently the twins are sleeping in an intensive care and sedated, but may be woken up on Wednesday and are possible to spend a week in the ICU and another week, in hospital, if nothing wrong happened.
Hartman admits that the surgery took slightly longer than expected, with the riskiest part, which divides the girls’ livers, going slowly but smoothly.
Hartman added that there was no blood loss during that part of the procedure. They were quick in closing the abdominal muscles without a graft, and the chest closure also went better than they expected.
According to Plastic surgeon Peter Lorenz, who led the reconstruction procedures, following the operation, the twin will have a little sign of their past.
He added that the twins is going to have a long scar in the chest area down to the belly.
The twins just turned two last August. They got connected at the chest and belly, but they got their own brains, hearts, kidneys, stomachs and intestines.
Prior to the operation, doctors were anticipating that the procedure would six hours of operation. Another two to three hours just to do the reconstruction.
This is not the first time that Hartman has conducted such operation on twins as he had done it with five twins already, prior to this operation. Back in 2007, he manages to separate Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias of Costa Rica.
Ginady only learned that the babies conjoined when she was seven months pregnant.
She joined her husband, Fidel, in California in late 2010, over a year after the birth, and the couple started meeting with doctors.