Mixing hard medical facts with light-hearted humor, surgeons for conjoined twins Erika and Eva Sandoval recounted details Thursday of the risky and intricate surgery that cleaved the girls in two.
Two days after the girls were wheeled into surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, veteran pediatric surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman called the 17-hour separation a success and said the 2-year-olds are “recovering quite well.” He made his first public comments at a packed news conference with four other members of the 50-person medical team.
From the moment Hartman’s team first met the twins’ parents, Aida and Arturo Sandoval, he said the shared goal “has been the same goal we have for all of our children: that we end up with two happy, healthy girls.”
“Anyone who saw the girls before surgery can testify to the happy part,” Hartman said. “We think that this week we made a big step toward the …