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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Formerly conjoined twin Maliyah Herrin continues to recover in the hospital this morning just three days after receiving one of her mother's kidneys.
Doctors performed a seven-hour kidney transplant on the 5-year-old girl and her 26-year-old mother, Erin Herrin, on Tuesday. Hospital officials say Maliyah was alert and cheerful yesterday. She was even apparently reading to a staff member at Primary Children's Medical Center.
Doctors are closely monitoring Maliyah in the intensive-care unit, where she's been since the surgery. This is the first time Maliyah has had a kidney of her own. Her sister Kendra kept their shared kidney when the twin girls were surgically separated last year.
Hospital officials say Maliyah is expected to spend at least two weeks in the hospital, while her mom is expected to leave in the next few days.
Information from: Deseret Morning News, http://www.deseretnews.com
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