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Formerly conjoined twins discover independence, 7 months after risky surgery

from Rapid City Journal

Seven months ago, toddlers Erika and Eva Sandoval were fused at the chest and had to navigate the house in a seven-limbed crab walk. Now, finally separated, the girls get around with surprising speed. During the 18-hour surgery, physicians avoided a tangle of blood vessels in the girls' abdomen to separate their lower organs. The surgical team also sawed through their pelvic bone and removed their shared third leg for skin grafts. They will not need surgery in their immediate future, but they require continued wound care. more


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