US surgeons have successfully separated 2-year-old conjoined twins Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, who were joined at the chest and abdomen. The operation took 9 hours and involved more than 40 people.
The operation required separating their livers, diaphragms, breastbones and abdominal wall muscles. Doctors said that leaving them joined together would have posed serious health risks as the girls got older, including possible muscular and skeletal problems.
Each girl now has a scar running from her chest to her belly, but they are both believed to be on the road to a full recovery. They are being kept sedated but are expected to be woken on Wednesday and should be able to leave hospital by the end of the month.