Conjoined twins separated during surgery in recovery

By Murray Evans
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (AP) 1-09

Nearly 3-month-old girls believed to be the first known American Indian conjoined twins were separated during a three-hour surgery.

The twins were joined at the chest, and the separation process involved their livers and other tissue. Doctors have said the girls have a good chance at survival because they have separate hearts and shared no major blood vessels.

The babies, Preslee and Kylee Wells, were listed in critical condition at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, where they have been cared for since their birth Oct. 25.

Doctors learned of the rare condition during a routine ultrasound in their mother’s 20th week of pregnancy. The babies were born at 34 weeks via Caesarean section at Children’s Hospital.