Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated in 13-Hour Operation

Conjoined twins who were attached at the pelvis and lower spine were successfully separated in a 13-hour operation that was, UPI reports, "the most complex procedure every performed in the history" of the Memphis children's hospital where it took place. From the UPI report:

Joshua and Jacob Spates of Memphis, though joined at the lower spine and pelvis, have separate hearts, heads and limbs.

Doctors said the twins have health problems that will require ongoing treatment, but said they hope both will be able to walk with braces.

Conjoined twins are very rare, occurring only in 1 out of every 200,000 live births.


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