UPDATE: Surgery a Success for Conjoined Texas Sisters
The Torres triplets are certainly unique. Born last May, the trio is identical. The odds of having identical triples? One in a million. On top of that, two of the babies were conjoined—the odds of which are one in 200,000.
On Tuesday, Ximena and Scarlett, the conjoined babies, were successfully separated. The team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, prepared for the 15-hour procedure—their first separation surgery—for months. Joined at the pelvis, the sisters were born with separate legs but connected abdominal walls, so they shared some intestines.
“The babies are out of surgery and doing great. They are asleep. Thank you all for your support and prayers, it really means a lot to us and our babies,” parents Silvia Hernandez and Raul Torres posted on Facebook.
“God chose us to take care of these babies,” Torres said in a statement released by Texas’s Corpus Christi Medical Center, where the babies were born. “We put our faith in God’s hands first and everything will be all right.”
Catalina, Ximena and Scarlett arrived at 34 weeks on Saturday night when Hernandez went into labor a few days earlier than expected. Hernandez and Torres knew that two of the girls, Ximena and Scarlett, were conjoined before they were born.
“The truth is I cried, not because of how the babies would look because we knew we would do our best to give them the best and most productive life possible, I cried because the doctor said we had to understand and accept the fact that once they were born they could die,” Hernandez wrote on Facebook.
Since the girls were born, the family has set up a GoFundMe page to cover their expenses; Torres had to leave his job to help care for Hernandez and their two-year-old son, Raul Jr., during the last few weeks of the pregnancy.