Pa. surgery slated to separate NY conjoined twins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Surgeons at a Philadelphia hospital are scheduled to perform an operation to separate 8-month-old conjoined twins from New York on Wednesday.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia says Allison and Amelia Tucker of Adams, N.Y., are joined at the lower chest and abdomen and share their chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium and liver.

Lead surgeon Holly Hedrick says in a statement that the infants are "excellent candidates for separation." She said doctors expect that after surgery, recovery and therapy, the girls "will be able to live full, healthy and independent lives."

Officials said the surgery will be the 21st separation of conjoined twins performed at the hospital.

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