SALT LAKE CITY – Twin 4-year-old girls conjoined at birth in a perpetual hug were released from a hospital Sunday, six weeks after separation surgery.
The next stage in their recovery will come at home, in North Salt Lake, where they had lived as sisters fused at the torso and sharing a pair of legs and critical organs.
A team of eight surgeons separated the girls 16 hours into a 26-hour operation that began Aug. 7.
Doctors divided their liver, the bladders and pelvis, leaving each girl with one leg. Kendra kept their shared kidney. Maliyah is receiving dialysis in preparation for a kidney transplant.
The surgery is believed to be the first successful separation of conjoined twins who shared a kidney, according to Dr. Rebecka Meyers, the hospital's chief of pediatric surgery.