California sisters Eva and Erika Sandoval were born as conjoined twins sharing a bladder, liver, parts of their digestive system, and a third leg. Last week, the 2-year-old girls underwent a risky, 17-hour surgery last week to separate, and now nobody can stop talking about the sweet first moments when the two finally saw each other after the operation.
The girls have been recovering in the same room in the intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, but in different beds. And when they finally laid eyes on each other after surgery, each had an amazing reaction.
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The sister on the left is happily waving a toy at her sister (just like any other 2-year-old, right?), and the one on the right shows her joy in a much simpler way: by being completely unable to take her eyes off her twin. She simply stares, and in her eyes you can see wonder, amazement, and love. Watch it here!
#Breaking: #Video with first pictures of the successfully separated #ConjoinedTwins since their surgery 1 week ago. #PersonofTheWeek #health pic.twitter.com/94yInQdXpt— Stanford Children's (@StanfordChild) December 14, 2016
#Breaking: #Video with first pictures of the successfully separated #ConjoinedTwins since their surgery 1 week ago. #PersonofTheWeek #health pic.twitter.com/94yInQdXpt
"It was such a thrill for us to see the girls next to one another again," Aida Sandoval, the mother of Eva and Erika, told The Associated Press.
Even better than this touching video? The news that the girls are doing really well.
See the first pictures of formerly #conjoinedtwins Eva and Erika Sandoval, reunited for the 1st time since their surgery. #hcsm #news pic.twitter.com/xTSAyfRgTb— Stanford Children's (@StanfordChild) December 14, 2016
See the first pictures of formerly #conjoinedtwins Eva and Erika Sandoval, reunited for the 1st time since their surgery. #hcsm #news pic.twitter.com/xTSAyfRgTb
"They have had no significant complications," Dr. Meghna Patel told The Associate Press.
Conscious and breathing without ventilators, the girls are expected to remain in the ICU before moving to an acute care unit.
We'll keep Eva and Erika in our prayers, and hope they have a long lifetime of sisterly moments to come!
They're a perfect fit!