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Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU welcomes “home” conjoined twins

Published by , on Nov 2, 2012

Conjoined twins Maria and Teresa Tapia were surgically separated one year ago by medical experts at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The Richmond Times Dispatch originally covered the successful surgical procedure and was on hand for the homecoming to describe how the twins are doing one year later:

“They have great health, and they love to play” [Lisandra] Sanatis said.That was confirmed during an afternoon check-up at VCU. Dr. David Lanning, surgeon-in-chief at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, led the separation surgery, which involved more than 40 medical staff members. Transplant surgeon Robert Fisher, pediatric surgeon Claudio Oiticica and plastic surgeon Jennifer Rhodes also had key roles in the surgery, which lasted 18 hours for one twin and 20 hours for the other.

Photo Courtesy of Richmond Times Dispatch

Photo Courtesy of Richmond Times Dispatch

Teresa, Maria and their mother, Lisandra will be special guests at World Pediatric Project and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU events this week.Read the entire article and watch a video of the separated twins here.

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