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Removal of catheter bodes well for twin

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Doctors on Wednesday removed the dialysis catheter that Maliyah Herrin needed before she received a kidney transplant from her mother earlier this month, according to Primary Children's Medical Center spokeswoman Bonnie Midget.

It's another indication that 5-year-old Maliyah is continuing to improve, Midget said.

The girl, daughter of Jake and Erin Herrin of North Salt Lake, was born conjoined with her twin, Kendra. The two shared multiple organs, including access to a kidney, which Kendra kept when the girls were separated in a marathon surgery last August. For months, Maliyah underwent dialysis three times a week, until need for it ended April 3 with the kidney transplant.She remains hospitalized, though, while doctors fine-tune the immunosuppressant medications she will always need to avoid organ rejection.