Learn more about Maria and Teresa's journey...
The complex surgery lasted 20 hours and involved 45 pediatric subspecialists and dozens of other healthcare professionals and support staff. As a result of their efforts, Maria and Teresa, 20-month-old formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic, now have a much brighter future. The rare separation and reconstructive surgery was the first of its kind to be performed at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU. The twins' mother, Lisandra Sanatis, gave special thanks to VCU's medical team: "God bless your hands and the work they do."
For a Future Twice as Nice: VIEW VIDEO
Contributions to Tapia Twins' Care Crosses Disciplines: VIEW VIDEO
VCU Performs Separation Surgery on Conjoined Twins: VIEW VIDEO
VCU Releases Formerly Conjoined Twins from Hospital: VIEW VIDEO
Tapia Twins Timeline: PDF
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A remarkable team helped a mother's dream come true.
Pictured above is a portion of the more than 100 strong multidisciplanry team of surgeons, nurses,
anesthesiologists, occupational and physical therapists and staff who cared for formerly conjoined twins, Maria and Teresa.