Conjoined twins Erika and Eva successfully separated

Conjoined twins Erika and Eva successfully separated

Twins Eva and Erika Sandoval, who were born conjoined from the chest down, were successfully separated in an hours-long surgery at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford on Wednesday.

The 17-hour surgery was an arduous ordeal for the twins’ parents, Arturo and Aida Sandoval. Accompanied by more than three dozen family members, they spent time in tears, tension and prayers. Eventually, the result brought smiles to the faces.

After seeing their separated girls, the couple said, “They look amazing. They’re amazing. They have their hair done, and they’re resting. We’re just going to take it one day at a time and let them catch up on their rest.”

Aida added that they carried and cared for conjoined Eva and Erika for a couple of years; thus it was a little surreal for her to see her daughters in separate beds after the surgery.

During the risky and highly-complex procedure, lead surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman directed a team of nearly fifty doctors, nurses and operating room staff.

The little girls are now being monitored in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit (ICU), where they are recovering from the surgery under sedation in adjoining beds. Both are expected to remain in ICU for the next two weeks.

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