Conjoined twin girls in Texas will undergo separation surgery

September 4, 2014 9:09 AM

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Conjoined twin girls in Texas will undergo separation surgery

The Mata twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith, were born via Caesarian section on April 11 at 3:41 a.m. at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, weighing just 3 pounds and 7 ounces. The girls share their loving parents but also a liver, diaphragm, pericardial sac (the lining of the heart) and intestines. Doctors have now begun the difficult work of figuring out how to separate them.

Last January, Elysse Mata and her husband, John, learned the babies were conjoined during a routine ultrasound. Their obstetrician referred the couple to Texas Children's Fetal Center, where the mom-to-be underwent extensive imaging tests. A team of doctors consulted with the couple on plans to safe...

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