Conjoined Twins Separated Chile

December 15, 2011 by staff 

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

The 10-month-old twins Maria Paz and Maria Jose lost a good deal of blood but were in stable condition and recovering in the intensive care unit at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital, chief surgeon Francisco Ossandon said.

Parents Jessica Navarrete and Roberto Paredes kept an anxious vigil at the 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.

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

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,” Ossandon said.

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