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August 18, 2019  
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  • Siamese Twin Girls Separated in London

    January 15, 2003

    LONDON (AP) - Surgeons on Wednesday separated Siamese twins who were joined from the chest to the abdomen, officials said.

    The operation was successful and the girls were doing well in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

    A surgical team led by Lewis Spitz and Edward Kiely performed the 4 1/2 hour operation to separate the girls, who were born connected from mid-chest to mid-abdomen with their livers fused together.

    "While it is early days, a good outcome for both children is likely," said Spitz.

    The girls' parents, who wish to remain anonymous, said they were looking forward to taking their children home.

    Conjoined twins occur when a single fertilized egg splits to form twins, but the separation is incomplete.

    The operation was a relatively simple one as the pair did not share any single organs.

    Last updated: 15-Jan-03

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