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Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Palo Alto Hospital

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

(AP) — Formerly conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have left Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and will be headed home in a few weeks.

The 2 1/2-year-old Sacramento area girls, who were born conjoined from the chest down, were separated on Dec. 6 at the hospital.

They were moved from Palo Alto to UC Davis Children's Hospital in Sacramento Thursday.

There, they will receive a few weeks of inpatient rehabilitation before returning to their family's home.

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman, who led the 50-person team that separated the twins in a 17-hour operation, says the twins are doing great and have blossomed in their individual personalities.

Before surgery, the girls shared a bladder, liver, parts of their digestive system and a third leg.

Their parents say each girl retains portions of the organs they shared.

Each still has one leg.

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