Separated Philippine twins doing well after US op

November 3, 2011

A pair of 2-year-old formerly conjoined twin girls from the Philippines are recovering well after an operation to separate them in California, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, born joined at the chest and abdomen, were separated Tuesday by a team of 20 doctors during 10 hours of surgery at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto.

A day after the operation spokeswoman, Reena Mukamal, said: "The family and girls are together in the unit" at the hospital south of San Francisco.

"They are stable and progressing well with their recovery, Over the next two to three days it is expected that both girls will be breathing on their own," she told AFP.

The girls, who turned two in August, were joined at the chest and belly but had separate brains, hearts, kidneys, stomachs and intestines.

Lead surgeon Gary Hartman said Tuesday that the girls were expected to make a "complete recovery," adding: "We're very pleased... It could not have gone better."

Peter Lorenz, who led the reconstruction procedures, said there would be relatively little sign of the twins' past, after the operation.

"They will have a long scar from the middle of their chests down to the , a straight line," the surgeon said, adding: "That's all that will show."

Their mother, Ginady Sabuco, cried in her first appearance after the operation, saying: "I thank God for everything; words cannot express how the family feels for the successful separation of our twins."

It was lead surgeon Hartman's sixth operation on conjoined twins. The most recent set separated at the hospital were Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias of Costa Rica in November 2007.

Explore further: US surgery planned for conjoined twins from Philippines

Related Stories

US surgery planned for conjoined twins from Philippines

October 31, 2011
Conjoined two-year-old girls born in the Philippines are to undergo surgery on Tuesday to separate them at the chest and abdomen, said the California hospital where the operation will take place.

Calif. surgery to separate conjoined twins begins

November 1, 2011
(AP) -- Surgery is under way in Northern California to separate twin girls joined at the chest and abdomen.

Surgeons separate California conjoined twins

November 2, 2011
(AP) -- Twin 2-year-old girls who were joined at the chest and abdomen were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at Stanford University's children's hospital.

China hospital separates conjoined twins

September 6, 2011
A Chinese hospital said Tuesday it had successfully separated four-month-old conjoined twin girls in a "challenging" six-hour operation.

British surgeons separate conjoined Sudanese twins

September 18, 2011
Surgeons at a British hospital have successfully separated one-year-old conjoined twins from Sudan, the charity which funded the procedure said Sunday.

Recommended for you

Exploring the potential of human echolocation

June 25, 2017
People who are visually impaired will often use a cane to feel out their surroundings. With training and practice, people can learn to use the pitch, loudness and timbre of echoes from the cane or other sounds to navigate ...

Team eradicates hepatitis C in 10 patients following lifesaving transplants from infected donors

April 30, 2017
Ten patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease. The findings point to new strategies for increasing ...

'bench to bedside to bench': Scientists call for closer basic-clinical collaborations

March 24, 2017
In the era of genome sequencing, it's time to update the old "bench-to-bedside" shorthand for how basic research discoveries inform clinical practice, researchers from The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), National Human Genome Research ...

The ethics of tracking athletes' biometric data

January 18, 2017
(Medical Xpress)—Whether it is a FitBit or a heart rate monitor, biometric technologies have become household devices. Professional sports leagues use some of the most technologically advanced biodata tracking systems to ...

Financial ties between researchers and drug industry linked to positive trial results

January 18, 2017
Financial ties between researchers and companies that make the drugs they are studying are independently associated with positive trial results, suggesting bias in the evidence base, concludes a study published by The BMJ ...

Best of Last Year – The top Medical Xpress articles of 2016

December 23, 2016
(Medical Xpress)—It was a big year for research involving overall health issues, starting with a team led by researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health who unearthed more evidence that ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.