Formerly Conjoined Twins Set to Go Home

Separated Twin Girls Set to Go Home

The mother of two formerly conjoined twin girls is very happy as her daughters have been cleared to leave the hospital.

The twin 2-year-old girls were joined at the chest and abdomin but went under risky surgery in November at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.

According to doctors, the chance of the two girls, Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias surviving the risky surgery was only 50% but the girls did survive and have made a remarkable recovery afterbing separated from the chest and abdomin.

“I feel very happy and very content, because my girls were born anew in this hospital,” said Maria Elizabeth Arias, the toddlers’ mother, speaking through a translator.

When Arias heard that the surgery was successful, “I got down on my knees and said, ‘Thank you, Lord, for giving my girls back to us,’ ” she said through the translator.

“The girls are doing well. They have healed. They have had all of the procedures that we think they’re going to need to have,” said Dr. Gary Hartman, who led the surgery.

The children will be heading home to their native Costa Rica and doctors have stated that they will not be subjected to any complications from their surgeries.

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