A doctor carries Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez, one of the 1-year-old Guatemalan conjoined twins separated by UCLA surgeons.
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Separating the Twins

A doctor carries Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez, one of the 1-year-old Guatemalan conjoined twins separated by UCLA surgeons.
A doctor cradles one of two 11-month-old Guatemalan conjoined twin sisters.
Maria Teresa Quiej Alvarez is held after the 22-hour operation. These pictures are from a videotape made by UCLA.
One of two 11-month-old Guatemalan conjoined twin sisters rests following surgery.
The Surgical Team
Surgeons cheered and whooped with joy after the one-year-old girls and their brains, skulls and skins were successfully divided in a rare and complex 22-hour surgery. (UCLA)
X-Rays
Neurosurgeon Dr. John Frazee consults diagnostic test images during the surgery on Monday. (UCLA)
Wheeled
The twins are wheeled to the surgery room on Monday, Aug. 5. (UCLA)
The Twins
Conjoined twins Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez, left, and Maria de Jesus, are comforted prior to the surgery. (UCLA)
Going Into Surgery
Alba Leticia Alvarez, third from the right, accompanies her daughters as they ride in the elevator on their way to surgery. (UCLA)
Parents
Wenceslao Quiej Lopez and his wife Alba Leticia Alvarez, hold hands and watch their daughters prior to the surgery. (UCLA)
Going Into Surgery
Chief anesthesiologist Dr. Barbara Van De Wiele escorts the twins into the operating room at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital. (UCLA)
Maria Teresa
Conjoined twin Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez holds a nurse’s hand as she and her sister Maria de Jesus are wheeled to surgery. (UCLA)
Surgical Team
Dr. Jorge Lazareff, left, and Dr. Henry Kawamoto Jr. confer on Monday during the surgery to separate conjoined twins at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital. (UCLA)
Resting
Formerly conjoined twins Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez rest in separate beds for the first time in the pediatric intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (UCLA)
Computer Tomography
A computer tomography is displayed on a high resolution monitor after a news conference Tuesday. The three-dimensional image was used by doctors at the UCLA hospital during the surgery to seperate the conjoined twins. (AP)
Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa
Maria de Jesus, left, (shown earlier this summer) and Maria Teresa shared little brain tissue and have strong hearts, good signs for a successful result, doctors say. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
Kiss
Naomi Bronstein, co-founder of Healing the Children, which brought the girls to UCLA, kisses the foot of Maria de Jesus Quiej-Alvarez on June 21. The conjoined twin, Maria Teresa, faces the other way. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
Angiogram
An angiogram showed that the twins shared blood vessels in the brain. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
Donated services
UCLA and doctors are donating services to separate Maria Teresa, left, and Maria de Jesus. Cost is estimated at $1.5 million. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
Twins’ mother
The twins’ mother, Alba Leticia Quiej-Alvarez, 22, learns about her daughters’ condition earlier this summer at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
Crawling
Maria Teresa, left, and Maria de Jesus crawl around earlier this summer under the watchful eyes of Dr. Alice Lim, left, and Dr. Rachelle Tyler. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
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