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Twin's Condition Upgraded After Kidney Transplant

Twin's Condition Upgraded After Kidney Transplant



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Formerly conjoined twin Maliyah Herrin's condition was upgraded to serious from critical Wednesday, one day after a kidney transplant, Primary Children's Medical Center said.

Maliyah's mother, Erin Herrin, donated her right kidney to the 5-year-old in a seven-hour operation Tuesday.

Erin Herrin, 26, was "doing well" but feeling some post-surgery pain, said hospital spokeswoman Bonnie Midget.

Maliyah and her sister, Kendra, were separated in August. While surgeons divided some of their shared organs, Kendra kept the one functioning kidney. Maliyah had dialysis treatments until doctors determined she was ready for the transplant.

Maliyah is expected to spend at least two weeks in the hospital, while her mother is expected to be there a week.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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