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Formerly Conjoined Twins Return To Virginia For Checkup

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Maria and Teresa Tapia pictured in November 2011 Maria and Teresa Tapia pictured in November 2011

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - Twin girls who were born attached and underwent surgical procedures to separate them at Virginia Commonwealth University's Children's Hospital have returned to Richmond a year later for a checkup.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Maria and Teresa Tapia attended a Halloween party Wednesday at the Henrico County headquarters of the World Pediatric Project.

The nonprofit surgical-care provider for children in Central America and the Caribbean sponsored the twins' medical care, along with the family's stay in the United States.

The girls were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, sharing a liver, pancreas and portion of the small intestine.

They returned to their native Dominican Republic last December and are now two-and-a-half years old. Their mother, Lisandra Sanatis, says the girls are in great health.

 

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