November 18, 2011

Conjoined twins sisters Angelica and Angelina Sabuco set to go home

Angelina Sabuco, at left, is held by her mother Ginady Sabuco and twin sister Angelica, is held by aunt Marita Sabuco, at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The twin sisters, who were born joined in the chest an abdomen, are preparing to go home after an intricate surgery by a group of Lucile Packard doctors to separate them. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)



Twin sisters Angelica and Angelina Sabuco have been recovering at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, United States, since their November 1 operation. Twin sisters who had been joined at the chest are preparing to leave the hospital two weeks after surgery - each in their own car seat.

Angelina and Angelica were born in the Philippines and live in the United States.


"They are recovering very, very well," said lead surgeon Dr Gary Hartman. "Our goal is to return as many children as we can to happy, healthy lives."

Hartman said the girls are off pain medications and their livers are functioning normally. He will continue seeing the girls for weekly outpatient therapy, and they will see a plastic surgeon, Dr Peter Lorenz, for follow-up procedures. Lorenz said the girls' chest walls have a bit of an abnormal shape but it can be molded as they grow.

The sisters made their post-surgery debut during a news conference at the hospital on Monday.

Wearing bright red dresses with bows in their hair and held by their mother and aunt, the girls appeared at ease with the all the attention. Their mother, Ginady Sabuco, smiled and laughed and urged her daughters to wave and say hello as they approached reporters.

"We're so excited now to go home and see them sitting in their own car seats," she said. "We cannot wait to see them playing, walking and running."

The girls are sleeping in separate beds, their appetites are growing and they are learning how to walk again. Remarkably, even as they were joined at the chest, the girls had learned to walk but would move sideways. They are now learning to go forward and backward.

"Balance is the biggest challenge," said Amy Weisman, physical therapist. "They are now taking steps with support."

The girls' nearly 10-hour surgery, paid for by the family's health insurance, was the second such successful operation at the children's hospital in Palo Alto.






A team of more than 40 doctors, nurses and hospital staff took part in the case. Within 72 hours of the surgery, both girls were breathing on her own. Within a week, they had moved from intensive care to a regular hospital room. 

Ginady Sabuco said when the girls woke up after surgery they looked around and called out "mama." At that moment, she said, "all the hardships went away."



4 comments:

ChrisAir said...

I am so happy with this girls, they can now play freely, and I am so touched to those people who manage to help them financially.

tatess said...

ang gagandang mga bata. They sure are very strong kids.Afighter at their young age.I them all the best in the word

Ads said...

it is good know that the twins are in good condition after that surgery.

Modern medicine indeed has made our lives better.

Anonymous said...

It's a blessing for the two beautiful little girls. thanks God for giving them a haven miracle! :)

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