Conjoined Twins Surgically Separated in Virginia

Doctor "very optimistic" about that babies will have a full recovery

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013  |  Updated 3:03 PM EDT
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Six-month-old conjoined twins from Franklin, Va., are reported in stable condition after a 14-hour operation to surgically separate them.

Officials at Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University said Tuesday the surgery also included the division of A'zhari and A'zhiah Jones' liver. They are in stable condition.

Dr. David Lanning, surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital, says the medical team is "very optimistic" that the twins will have a full and complete recovery.

The Jones twins were joined at the chest and abdomen.

Lanning and a team of specialists successfully also separated 19-month-old

conjoined twins

from the Dominican Republic in November 2011.

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