Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Twins will return to Costa Rica

By Barbara Feder Ostrov
Mercury News

After six months of doctors poking and prodding, multiple surgeries and daily physical therapy sessions, it is time for Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias to go home - not as one, but two.

Born joined at the chest and abdomen, the 2-year-old twins were successfully separated at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in November.

Now fully recovered, they are expected to return to their native Costa Rica with their mother and oldest sister as soon as their doctors clear them for travel.

"I feel very happy and content," said their grateful mother, Maria Elizabeth Arias, at a news conference Tuesday. "My girls were born anew in this hospital."

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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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