Known as a “Las Dos Marias,” before conjoined twin sisters Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Alvarez arrived during a Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to move hearten to a doctors and nurses who helped apart them some-more than 13 years ago.
The matching twins were a year aged when they underwent a formidable and removal 23-hour medicine to apart them, according to a UCLA website. The girls were innate conjoined during a skull and surface that protects a brain.
Blood vessels that brought critical oxygen to a mind were also intertwined between a girls.
The operation was dangerous and it took 40 people to keep a girls alive.
Now 14, a girls went behind to a sanatorium core Monday to revisit both staff and other pediatric patients during a holiday season.
Dr. Jorge Lazareff, who was executive of pediatric neurosurgery during a time of a girls’ surgery, pronounced it took a village to keep a girls alive and many still ask how they’re doing.
“I know everybody who has been concerned and they frequently ask about them,” Lazareff said. “They have not been forgotten.”
The girls, creatively from Guatemala, survived a operation but, after returning home, Maria Teresa Alvarez , or “Teresita,” engaged meningitis. The pathogen left her pestilent ill and a girls returned to a United States where they could grow adult nearby a modernized medical village that distant them.
They now live nearby any other with opposite adoptive parents. Teresita can no longer verbally promulgate since of complications from there meningitis, though is still active in propagandize and goes horseback riding. The girls pronounce to their birth relatives in Guatemala mixed times a week and have kept in hold with their doctors.
Lazareff pronounced he sees a girls during slightest once a year on their birthday and that they always sojourn tighten with an ability to promulgate instinctively.
“[Maria de Jesus] or Josie is entirely wakeful of Teresita’s needs,” Lazareff said. “There is a kin [connection]… of relocating towards and safeguarding her.”
Dr. Barbara Van De Wiele, who cared for a twins during their initial surgery, pronounced she was tender that a girls wanted to give back.
“It is always smashing for me to see a girls,” Dr. Van De Wiele said. “I was so tender that it was Josie’s thought to do something for a children who are in a sanatorium during this time of year. Giving comes full circle.”