Doctors Separate 8-Month-Old Conjoined Twins

PHILADELPHIA (November 8, 2012)--Surgeons at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have successfully completed operations to separate 8-month-old twin girls who were joined at the lower chest and abdomen.

The hospital said the seven-hour procedures to separate Allison and Amelia Tucker were completed Wednesday afternoon.

The twins from Adams, N.Y. shared their chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium and liver.

Officials said they were "excellent candidates" for separation.

Lead surgeon Holly Hedrick said the complex surgery "went very well and as expected."

She said the twins will be monitored closely during their recovery and should be able to live "full, healthy and independent lives."

Officials said the surgery was the 21st separation of conjoined twins performed at the hospital.


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