by Sierra Marlee | April 16, 2016 9:29 pm
These conjoined twins were a 1 in 50 million shot, as they were born in a set of triplets. While they were successfully separated, they’re not out of the woods just yet.
From The Daily Mail:
Surgeons at a Texas hospital successfully separated two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist after a 15-hour operation, but doctors say they aren’t in the clear yet.
Ximena and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres, born on May 16 last year at Bay Area Corpus Christi Medical Center, were joined at the pelvis.
In a press conference, the team of doctors overseeing the surgery for the girls said they are not out of the woods just yet. In fact, Ximena underwent another surgical procedure on Friday.
Dr Haroon Patel says a team of specialists had been working for months to prepare for the surgery and that his biggest concern throughout the surgery was ‘blood loss’.
The twins had to have their large pelvic ring cut in four different places so the doctors could bring their legs together to allow them to be in a more normal position.
Scarlett now has two functional kidneys while Ximena only has one, which prompted a longer surgical procedure on her with more surgery the next day.
On Friday, Ximena underwent another procedure, where doctors connected a temporary mechanism from her kidney to a urine bag, to relieve some of the stress from the kidney while it heals.
Patel said the second thing that worried him was ‘time’. He told KIII TV that ‘the longer you spend in the operating room, the potential for problems goes up’.
The twins shared a colon and bladders that will now be reconstructed.
God bless these sweet babies and their family.
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