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Chile Conjoined Twins

December 16, 2011 by staff 

Chile Conjoined Twins, Chilean doctors successfully separated conjoined twin girls in a marathon 20-hour surgery, saying that the operation went extremely well despite challenges.

The 10-month-old twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose were recovering in an intensive care unit, and doctors said the next two days would be critical as they watch for infections or other possible complications.

Parents Jessica Navarrete and Roberto Paredes kept an anxious vigil at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital in Santiago as doctors separated the twins at the thorax, stomach and pelvis.

It was the seventh and most complex operation yet for the twins.

Doctors said the twins were successfully separated late Tuesday night. Chief surgeon Francisco Ossandon described it as the moment “the girls finished the process of being born.”

“Before, they had two souls and one body,” Ossandon said.

Surgery on one of the twins was completed early Wednesday after a total of 19 hours, while for the other it took more than 20 hours.

“We had a number of difficulties during the surgery. There were some surprises, but we were able to fix, solve the problems,” Ossandon said at a news conference.

He added that the twins came out of the surgery in good condition. Ossandon, however, didn’t rule out future complications involving the effects from anesthesia and possible infections.

“We’re very happy because we think they’ve had the best evolution we could have hoped for,” he said.

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