conjoined twins who shared a HEART successfully separated after seven-hour operation

Conjoined twins Anna and Grace before their successful operation.

Great news! A set of one-year-old conjoined twins who shared part of their HEARTS have been successful separated following a
mammoth seven-hour operation.
Anna and Hope Richards were separated at the Texas Children's Hospital in Texas by a 75-strong team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, cardiologists and nurses.
The girls were born via Caesarean section on December 29, 2016, at 35 weeks, weighing a combined 9lbs 12oz (4.4kg).
They were joined at their chest and abdomen, through the length of their torso and shared the chest wall, pericardial sac (lining of the heart), diaphragm and liver. In addition, they had large blood vessels connecting their hearts.
The twins are now recovering at the hospital and are expected to be strong enough to go home in around a month's time. Mum Jill Richards, who welcomed the girls along with her husband Michael and their sons Collin and Seth, said: "We've thought about and prayed for this day for almost two years.
Conjoined twins in sepaarate beds for the first time.

"It's an indescribable feeling to look at our girls in two separate beds." The epic surgery was carried out on January 13 and involved planning and preparation before the girls were even born.
In November last year, aged 11 months, the twins underwent a surgical procedure to place tissue expanders to allow their skin to grow and stretch ready for their separation. Dr. Larry Hollier, surgeon-in-chief and chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children s Hospital, said: "The success of this incredibly complex surgery was the result of our dedicated team members hard work throughout the last year.
"Through simulations and countless planning meetings, we were able to prepare for situations that could arise during the separation.
"We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to continuing to care for Anna and Hope as they recover." The family was then referred to Texas Children's Fetal Center, where they underwent extensive prenatal testing, consultation and development of plans to achieve a safe delivery and postnatal care.
They temporarily relocated to Houston in order to give birth at Texas Children's and be close to the girls during their hospital stay.