Born to be ‘1,’ these once-conjoined twins are now ‘2,’ and thriving! Born to be ‘1,’ these once-conjoined twins are now ‘2,’ and thriving!
This little duo in California are living a new life after having undergone separation surgery in December 2016. Both were left with one leg each,... Born to be ‘1,’ these once-conjoined twins are now ‘2,’ and thriving!

This little duo in California are living a new life after having undergone separation surgery in December 2016. Both were left with one leg each, but it is expected that they’ll be able to stand and walk with a crutch in a year’s time.

Eva and Erika Sandoval, the two-year-old twins, who were previously conjoined, are apparently now thriving, seven months after their high-risk surgery on Dec. 6.

Speaking of how the twins are doing, their mother, Aida, said to the Sacramento Bee: “Having them separate, it’s like the day-to-day for anybody with twins. It’s a wonderful feeling, just to be able to make sure two more little babies get to adulthood.

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The surgery done last year was to separate their digestive system, a liver, a bladder, a uterus, a pelvis, and a third leg. Before the operation, Eva was bigger than Erika, and the doctors wondered if she was absorbing more nutrients. Now, Erika weighs 19lbs 8oz (just under 9 kg) while Eva weighs 20lbs (a bit over 9 kg).

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After the surgery, both twins are now scooting around with one leg and two arms. According to their doctors, they should be walking, with the aid of a crutch, in a year

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The twins don’t talk about the period where they shared a body. Even Aida seems to have forgotten what it felt like. “I know they were at one time, but this is just our life now,” she said

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Seeing the twins adapting to their new lives, especially Erika, Aida said, “She’s her own person. Before it was just whatever her sister was doing. I love just watching them, learning their interests.”

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Child psychiatrist Michelle Goldsmith, MD, at Packard Children’s, said that the girls are adjusting well to their separation. “Neither girl seems to have trouble adjusting. They’re both rolling with what’s going on very well,” she said.

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After the operation, the twins each lack some pelvic bones, and it is unclear if they are able to have prosthetic legs in the future. Regardless of whether they will receive prosthetics, Kelly Andrasik, an occupational therapist at Packard Children’s said, “Improving their functional mobility will be really important in getting them to continue adapting to their new bodies.”

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Knowing that the twins could stand and walk in a year’s time, Aida said, “I’m definitely thankful that things turned out the way that they did. I know they’re here with a purpose, they’ve made it this far. And what the future holds for them is just enormous.”

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Credit : http://www.ntd.tv/inspiring/parenting/born-to-be-1-these-once-conjoined-twins-are-now-2-and-thriving.html

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  • Cheistinea

    2017-07-31 #1 Author

    I pray that these beautiful girls grow up to have a normal life without any complications

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  • Quesha

    2017-07-31 #2 Author

    Good to know the surgery went well and to see the smiles on their faces is just adorable

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  • Valentina

    2017-07-31 #3 Author

    God bless!🙏🏽 They are so cute, I hope they continue with that cute smile! 💕💕😍😘🙏🏽👌🏽

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