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Sacramento-Area Conjoined Twins Separated In Marathon Surgery

David Hodges / Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval say goodbye to their family before being taken to the operating room for separation in Palo Alto, Calif.

David Hodges / Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

Conjoined twins Erika and Eva Sandoval are recovering at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford after a 17-hour surgery to separate them.

A healthcare team of about 50 people began operating on the girls Tuesday and completed the procedure Wednesday. 

The 2-year-old girls from Antelope were joined from the sternum to the pelvis. They shared a liver, bladder, kidneys and a third leg. Both will need a prosthetic leg.

Their mother, Aida Sandoval, expressed gratitude to the team during a press conference following the surgery. 

"The dream came true Tuesday. Thank you to the doctors for believing," she says.

The girls are expected to spend the next four weeks recovering.

Ja'Nel Johnson

Former Health Care Reporter

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