Surgery begins to separate infant conjoined twins in Texas

Surgery begins to separate infant conjoined twins in Texas
This Feb. 10, 2016 photo provided by Driscoll Children's Hospital shows conjoined twin sisters Scarlett, left, and Ximena Hernandez-Torres at Dirscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Doctors in Texas will attempt to separate the two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist. The girls share a colon and bladders that will be reconstructed. Their identical triplet sister, Catalina, was born without serious health issues. (Joshua Thelin/Driscoll Children's Hospital via AP)

Surgery has started in Texas to separate two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist.

Jeff Salzgeber, a spokesman for Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, said the multi-hour operation began Tuesday morning.

Ximena (huh-MEE-nuh) and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres share a colon and bladders that will be reconstructed. Their identical triplet sister, Catalina, was born without serious .

The has cared for the conjoined girls since they were transferred to the facility hours after birth.

Dr. Haroon Patel says a team of specialists has been working for months to prepare for the surgery, which could last 12 to 18 hours.

A hospital statement says doctors have a for the children's recovery. The girls will require additional surgeries as they grow.


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