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Formerly Conjoined Twins Erika, Eva Finally Released From California Hospital

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Erika and Eva Sandoval the former conjoined Sacramento twins have been discharged from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford on March 10 and been transported to UC Davis Children’s Hospital for inpatient rehabilitation.

With this move, the former conjoined twins are one step closer to go back to their family home in Antelope. The 2-year old twins were admitted to the hospital to undergo the separation surgery.

Erika and Eva were successfully separated from each other on Dec. 6, 2016, after undergoing a 17-hour long surgery with no major complications. The twins were kept back in Packard for three months so that the doctors could keep an eye on their recovery, wounds and chances of infection.

The Conjoined Twins

Eva and Erika were joined together from the chest down and had a common liver, bladder, some parts of the digestive system. The twins also shared between themselves a third leg.

The twins were born to Aida Arturo Sandoval who had spent the last two and a half years in the care of the children. Apart from their physical uniqueness, Erika and Eva are happy, carefree and normal toddlers.

The Separation Surgery

Before the doctors started the surgery, they had estimated that there was 30 percent chance of one of the twins succumbing to death during the operation. The surgery separated them successfully but gave each girl only one leg as the third leg was used for Erika’s constructive surgery.

Dr. Gary Hartman who lead the long and risky separation surgery said that the twins were doing pretty well and he was very proud of what his team has achieved so far.

“They’re doing really well, and they’re ready to go. It’s a great thing for everyone on our team to see,” said Dr. Hartman.

Progress After Surgery

After the surgery was over, Erika healed faster than her sister Eva which lead to her discharge from the hospital on Feb. 13 without her sibling by her side. Eva was kept under the scanner for some more days as doctors wanted to monitor her separation site wound.

On a positive note, Eva’s wound is healing well and it seems that she won’t need a skin draft. However, the hospital is trying to help them adapt into their new body and improve the functional ability as both the sisters have only one leg.

“Improving their functional mobility will be really important in getting them to continue adapting to their new bodies. The specialized equipment that an inpatient rehab like Davis offers will really help them with this,” said Kelly Andrasik, an occupational therapist at Packard’s Children Hospital.




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