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Monday, November 14, 2011

Tapia Twins of Dominican Republic Separated

Maria and Teresa Tapia, 19 month old conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic, had marathon surgeries this week to separate them.

Maria and Teresa had surgery at Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University to sever the connections of their livers, pancreata and intestines. The girls arrived in Richmond about two months ago for the surgical team, led by Dr. David Lanning, to begin preparing for the intense surgeries.

Lanning spoke about the procedure earlier this week and expects the twins to be completely healthy once they heal from the surgeries. The team that performed the procedures consisted of 6 surgeons, anesthesia providers, surgical technologists, and many more support staff.

The twins have become so popular in their home country that they received a visit from the First Lady of the Dominical Republic earlier this week.

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