Corpus Christi, Texas – Raul Torres, father of the conjoined twins, Ximena and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres said that the sisters have been separated and now are in different rooms.

The procedure on the twins is supposed to last between 12 to 18 hours. The twins arrived at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX, at 6:30 a.m.; according to the sisters’ mother, the girls were separated around 12:30 am.

Ximena and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres, conjoined twins from Corpus Christi, TX, have been successfully separated. Credit:

At 11:10 am the surgeons successfully performed the separation of the kidney. The twins also shared the colon and bladders that were also reconstructed.

Dr. Haroon Patel says a team of specialists has been working for months to prepare for the surgery. In a hospital statement, doctors said that they have a positive outlook for the children’s recovery, adding that the girls will require additional surgeries as they grow.

The surgery

Patel said “This is an extremely challenging operation, but we look forward to a successful outcome,” who is a pediatric surgeon. The staff in charge of the surgery is made up of specialty physicians from pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, an urologist, and orthopedics, along with 10 nurses and about 8 anesthesiologists.

“Ten months that we’ve been with them, we have seen them growing and we have done so much work and preparation so that we don’t miss any detail,” Dr. Miguel DeLeon, who is the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit where the twins were under ongoing treatment, stated.

The twins also have an identical triplet sister, Catalina, who was born without serious health issues.

Source: KXAN