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Separated Twins Going Home

January 10, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

Formerly conjoined twins Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej Alvarez will return to Guatemala on Monday, UCLA officials said Thursday.

The twins, who were separated in a 23-hour surgery at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital in August, arrived in Los Angeles in June, their skulls fused at the top of their heads. Since the innovative surgery, which cost more than $1.5 million, the girls have been recuperating at UCLA. Once they are home, they will still have to undergo physical therapy, but doctors predict that they will recover fully.

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