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.