Conjoined twins separated after risky surgery—now they’re thriving with 1 leg and 2 big smiles Conjoined twins separated after risky surgery—now they’re thriving with 1 leg and 2 big smiles
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,... Conjoined twins separated after risky surgery—now they’re thriving with 1 leg and 2 big smiles

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 was expected that they’d be able to stand and walk with a crutch in a year’s time.

Eva and Erika Sandoval, 2-year-old twins who were previously conjoined, are apparently now thriving, more than a year after their high-risk surgery on Dec. 6, 2016.

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.”

The surgery done in 2016 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 19 pounds 8 ounces (approx. 8.8 kg) while Eva weighs 20 pounds (approx. 9 kg).

After the surgery, both twins were scooting around with one leg and two arms. According to their doctors, at that time, they were expected to be walking with the aid of a crutch in a year.

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.

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.”

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.

After the operation, the twins each lacked some pelvic bones, and it was unclear whether they would be 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.”

 

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.”

Photo Credit: Facebook | Arturo’s Angels: Born as One Soon to Be Two.

Henry Okafor

  • Charthurtia Laroche

    2018-02-07 #1 Author

    They so cute, may God bless them

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  • Danica Padios

    2018-02-07 #2 Author

    An inspirational story indeed.. God’s greatest blessings to their family…. There is no impossible with God if we put our trust in Him.. God bless to your family..

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  • Mary Joy Clavel

    2018-02-07 #3 Author

    I pray in the name of jesus u will be healed 😇 Godbless you both baby.. stay strong and be healthy.. 😍

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  • Kay

    2018-02-07 #4 Author

    This is a miracle

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  • Naquasia

    2018-02-07 #5 Author

    God bless these twin to live a wonderful long life ❤️

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  • Tiffany

    2018-02-07 #6 Author

    Praying for these beautiful girls I wish them the best of luck there life journey

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  • Nautica Robinson

    2018-02-07 #7 Author

    Awn they are so pretty and strong. I love to see an update.

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  • Diamond

    2018-02-07 #8 Author

    Oh wow, they are soo blessed!

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  • Bronwyn

    2018-02-07 #9 Author

    So beautiful 😍 Doctors are very special people

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  • Melody

    2018-02-07 #10 Author

    I’m really glad they are doing well!

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  • Skyler

    2018-02-07 #11 Author

    Godo is good. Happy to see them living and enjoying their new life

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  • Jhae Arielle Velches

    2018-02-07 #12 Author

    It really broke my heart but thanks to God that they’re now seperated ❤️

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  • Angela Llaneta

    2018-02-08 #13 Author

    Thanks God for succesful operation of this two lovely laldies🙏😍👭

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  • Robin C

    2018-02-08 #14 Author

    What a Beautiful story. they look so happy!!

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  • Chelsea Olivia Theoway Faissal

    2018-02-08 #15 Author

    Wow God is wonderful ,they’re so beautiful 😍

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  • Marie Yarbrough

    2018-02-08 #16 Author

    That’s so amazing

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  • Tanjanika

    2018-02-08 #17 Author

    Wow that’s so amazing God bless them babies💖

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  • Ma’kayla Roberts

    2018-02-08 #18 Author

    This is wonderful I’m praying for them

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  • Lisha

    2018-02-08 #19 Author

    They are blessed 😍

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  • oO

    2018-02-08 #20 Author

    OMG they are lucky

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  • Sterlina

    2018-02-08 #21 Author

    I am very happy for us

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  • Sterlina

    2018-02-08 #22 Author

    It’s a big miracle

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  • Joanne Marie Pelaez

    2018-02-09 #23 Author

    They looked so happy. May God bless them and their beautiful family. 🙂

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  • Barbra Okova

    2018-02-09 #24 Author

    Amen to the survival of this beautiful souls.Praise be to the Almighty God

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  • Rose Ann Caingat Dela Cruz

    2018-02-09 #25 Author

    For God nothing shall be imposible. Happy to see the joy in their eyes.

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  • Kayla

    2018-02-09 #26 Author

    A miracle . They’re adorable ❤️😍

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  • Traci

    2018-02-09 #27 Author

    Beautiful babies, with beautiful smiles
    may god bless you 🎀

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  • Breanna Reyes

    2018-02-10 #28 Author

    How precious, God is able! Bless them. ❤️

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  • Ramzy

    2018-02-10 #29 Author

    They are literally so adorable❤May god bless these beautiful lovely souls❤This sure is a big miracle.

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  • Rovi

    2018-02-10 #30 Author

    I always pray for you babys

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  • Juzar Kothawala

    2018-02-11 #31 Author

    God Bless The Baby

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  • Teisha

    2018-02-11 #32 Author

    Blessed🙏🏽. Praying for them

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  • Natrice Ingram

    2018-02-12 #33 Author

    Miracle Babies 😍 They Blessed 🤞🏽❤️

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  • Winnie Rose E. Baltazar

    2018-02-12 #34 Author

    What a touching and inspiring story..

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  • Jasmine

    2018-02-12 #35 Author

    What a beautiful sight and a blessing to an awesome sugery! I pray within the year that these beautiful twins will be walking!💖

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  • Londa

    2018-02-12 #36 Author

    This story is amazing and those babies are beautiful miracles. Just like my daughter who was born at 23 weeks and 2 days ❤

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  • Shakiya

    2018-02-12 #37 Author

    😍Awwwn they are so cute💖

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  • Ashley

    2018-02-13 #38 Author

    Awesome story. Miracle babies

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  • Kendria Gaston

    2018-02-14 #39 Author

    Beautiful little girls may god bless them both!!

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  • JayQuan Carpenter

    2018-02-14 #40 Author

    They are so cute, amazing story

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