Conjoined twins to be separated in Corpus Christi

Conjoined twins Ximena and Scarlett

CORPUS CHRISTI (KXAN) — A big day for medical science in Corpus Christi. Conjoined twins will be separated Tuesday.

Triplets Ximena, Scarlett, and Catalina were born in May last year. Ximena and Scarlett are joined at the pelvis, but have separate legs.

Doctors will separate the twins at the Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi. A minimum of 45 people will assist with the separation surgery, which is expected to take from 12 to 14 hours.

Conjoined twins Ximena and Scarlett
Conjoined twins Ximena and Scarlett

“I’m nervous,” said their father Raul Torres to NBC. “I’ve been praying a lot, every single day, even at work I think about them and think about the surgery. Sometimes I can’t even sleep.”

Saturday, the family of the twins baptized the girls at the hospital. Torres said they had their daughters baptized in preparation for the dangerous surgery that presents numerous possible complications.

“Just in case something happens like that, their soul can already be with God, before something bad happens,” said Torres.

Experts say the chances of having conjoined twins in a set of triplets are one in 50 million.

 

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