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Conjoined girls to be separated in Calif. hospital
Twin girls joined at chest, abdomen to be separated at hospital in Northern California
By The Associated Press

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) ' Two-year-old twin girls who are joined at the chest and abdomen are preparing for surgery at a Northern California hospital that will separate them.

Doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital are planning a nine-hour procedure Tuesday that, if successful, will allow Angelica and Angelina Sabuco to live independently from each other.

The operation will involve more than 20 physicians and nurses. Pediatric surgeon Gary Hartman says he expects the twins to survive and do well.

The girls were born in the Philippines and live in San Jose with their parents and 10-year-old brother.

This is the second set of conjoined twins separated at the hospital. The last such procedure took place in November 2007.

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