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Conjoined twins are successfully separated

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twin girls, born joined from the stomach to the hip, were successfully separated early Thursday, doctors said.

Surgeons at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles began the nearly 24-hour operation on Wednesday morning, delicately separating a number of the girls' internal organs.

The 9-month-old girls were listed in serious but stable condition Thursday evening in an intensive care unit.

The identical twins were each born with one normally developed leg, and they shared a conjoined leg. Doctors used that leg to replace tissue and bone in the girls' pelvic regions.