SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - Surgeons successfully repaired a defect in the abdominal area of 5-day-old conjoined twins who share a heart and liver.
Doctors had been concerned that Wednesday's surgery might be too much for Brynleigh and Victoria Smith, who were born about five weeks early and together weigh just under 8 pounds.
"Now they just need to rest and grow," Dr. Cindy Schultz, a neonatal fellow at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base. The were in critical but stable condition.
The pair, born last Friday, cannot be separated because of the complexities of their shared six-chamber heart, doctors have said.
The girls remained on ventilators, but doctors were trying to slowly wean them from breathing support.
"We just keep getting more and more good news," said mother Dawn Smith, 27.
Newborn conjoined twins survive corrective surgery
Published: Fri Aug 01, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:14 p.m.