Separated twins are flown home

From the Associated Press

Two-year-old twin girls that were formerly joined at the chest and abdomen are back at home in Costa Rica.

Yurelia and Fiorella Rocha-Arias were separated by surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in November and were flown home Monday.

The girls arrived in the Bay Area in July and began receiving weekly injections of sterile salt water into balloons placed under their skin.

The procedure stretched the skin to compensate for the holes surgeons later cut into their abdomens. After the separation surgery, Yurelia needed follow-up heart surgery to correct deformities.


After the operations, her heart started to function normally.