PALO ALTO, Calif. (KCRA) — Conjoined twins from California have been successfully separated after a lengthy surgery. The twins spent the first two years of their lives sharing much of the lower half of their bodies.
Erika and Eva Sandoval entered the world as remarkable, born Aug. 10, 2014 to Aida and Arturo Sandoval, sharing five pounds, five ounces. They spent the first two years of their lives preparing for an extraordinary journey.
Two weeks ago, the twin girls were approaching their final moments as one.
“With every day, every week, that passed, for me, it was like we’ve made it,” said Aida Sandoval. “We made it.”
They were joined by the leg.
“They each have three little toes,” Aida Sandoval said.
As well as the pelvis, they had a fused liver.
At Stanford’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, a medical team of 50 prepared Eva and Erika for separation. They used the twins’ CT and MRI scans to create 3D models to determine the best way to surgically divide them.
The children faced trying odds with a 30 percent chance they wouldn’t survive.
“You know I watch them, and I can’t imagine life without them, you know?” Aida Sandoval said.
A painful possibility is now overshadowed with profound joy as Erika and Eva embarked on a new chapter this week. After 17 hours of meticulous surgery, the twins are now a healthy two as the Sandoval family rejoices in unwavering love.
“There’s going to be challenges,” Aida Sandoval said. “I’m not going to deny that, but this is something I want to help them through and they are going to show not only me, but other people that disability isn’t something that is going to bring you down. It’s something that’s going to make you stronger.”
It is reminding us all that some moments in life are hard fought and truly possible to overcome.