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Separated twins receive feeding tubes

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Maliyah and Kendra Herrin received feeding tubes Friday to ensure they are adequately nourished as they heal from the surgery Aug. 7 and 8 that separated them.

"The girls don't like it," said Bonnie Midget, Primary Children's Medical Center spokeswoman, of the placing of the tubes.

The twins, daughters of Jake and Erin Herrin of North Salt Lake, were born joined at the abdomen. They remain in serious condition at Primary, in the intensive care unit. But they have "had a pretty good day," Midget said Friday.

The Herrins noted on their blog, Herrintwins.com, that Maliyah's craving chicken but has so far had crackers instead. Both girls are now able to eat food, although Maliyah is on a special renal diet because she undergoes dialysis. When they were joined, her kidney functions were performed through Kendra's kidney, one of several organs they shared.