Conjoined twins set for separation in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - Surgeons at a Houston hospital are planning to separate nearly 1-year-old twin girls born joined at the chest, abdomen and pelvis in four to six weeks.

Dr. Darrell L. Cass, the lead surgeon, tells the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IZT8rO ) in a Monday story that the date of the surgery at Texas Children's Hospital will depend on how fast the girls can grow the extra skin they'll need for the procedure. Balloon-like extenders are currently stretching their skin.

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata have been in the hospital since they were born on April 11. The girls' parents, Elysse and John Eric Mata, moved from Lubbock to Houston to be near them.

Cass said 13 medical specialties are involved in preparation for the surgery, which he expects to take 36 hours.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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