Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Twins continue to recover from separation surgery

Costa Rican conjoined twins Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha continue to recover well from their separation. Both girls have now been extubated and are breathing on their own in preparation to moving out of the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) and into a regular room the week of November 26.

Fiorella had a minor surgical procedure on November 19 to modify her chest reconstruction and repair her skin closure. During the one-hour procedure, Gary Hartman, MD, and H. Peter Lorenz, MD, trimmed and resutured the skin flaps used to cover the area exposed during the separation. The surgeons also replaced two bars used to stabilize Fiorella’s chest after the separation with a plate similar to the one used in Yurelia. The modification was made to make it easier for Fiorella to breathe on her own.

For more information on the twins click here. To access a photo gallery and watch videos released by the hospital click here.

Information and photo provided by the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

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