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

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)
Neurosurgeon Dr. John Frazee consults diagnostic test images during the surgery on Monday. (UCLA)
The twins are wheeled to the surgery room on Monday, Aug. 5. (UCLA)
Conjoined twins Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez, left, and Maria de Jesus, are comforted prior to the surgery. (UCLA)
Alba Leticia Alvarez, third from the right, accompanies her daughters as they ride in the elevator on their way to surgery. (UCLA)
Wenceslao Quiej Lopez and his wife Alba Leticia Alvarez, hold hands and watch their daughters prior to the surgery. (UCLA)
Chief anesthesiologist Dr. Barbara Van De Wiele escorts the twins into the operating room at UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital. (UCLA)
Conjoined twin Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez holds a nurse’s hand as she and her sister Maria de Jesus are wheeled to surgery. (UCLA)
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)
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)
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, 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)
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)
An angiogram showed that the twins shared blood vessels in the brain. (RICHARD HARTOG / LAT)
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)
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)
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)