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Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen

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Updated May 13, 2008

Twins Names:

Abbigail and Isabelle Carlsen

Birthdate:

January 2006.

Hometown:

Fargo, North Dakota.

Type of Conjoined Twins:

Omphalopagus: The girls were connected at the chest and abdomen, sharing a liver and parts of their digestive systems. This type of conjoined twins is generally accorded the highest survival rate.

Separation Date:

May 12, 2006.

Separation Location:

Mayo Eugenio Litta Children's Hospital in Rochster, Minnesota.

Separation Details:

A thirty-member medical team performed the surgery over the course of seven hours. The multi-faceted surgery involved many steps, including: Separation of the intertwined livers, separating their diaphragms, joined pancreases and part of their intestines, re-positioning their hearts, removing their gall bladders and building a biliary structure as a bile duct for Abbigail.

Status:

The twins condition was upgraded on Monday, May 15 and they continue to do well. They were released from the hospital and returned home in June 2006.

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