Twins joined at chest successfully separated

February 24, 2015 12:03 AM

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Twins joined at chest successfully separated

The babies, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, were born April 11 via Caesarian section sharing a chest wall, lungs, diaphragm, intestines, colon and pelvis.

A team of 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists, eight surgical nurses and several other helpers spent about 26 hours separating the two girls Tuesday. The twins were pulled apart 18 hours into the surgery, and surgeons worked an additional five hours on Knatalye and eight hours on Adeline.

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