Guatemalan Conjoined Twins Are Successfully Separated
It’s not every day that conjoined twins get separated, which is why “Las Esmeraldas” is one lucky pair. According to experts, about one out of every 200,000 live births result in conjoined twins, except that depending on where they are joined, many of them don’t ever get separated.
Separating conjoined twins is a high-risk surgery that involves dozens of doctors and many hours in surgery; in this case, the surgery took 15 hours and 70 doctors to complete.
“Las Esmeraldas,” Graciela Esmeralda and Esmeralda Agely were born in August in a town in eastern Guatemala and they shared the large intestine, liver, and part of the pericardium.