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Hospital Stretches Conjoined Twins' Skin Prior to Separation

Hospital Stretches Conjoined Twins' Skin Prior to Separation



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Nine months after separating conjoined twins, Primary Children's Medical Center is preparing for surgery on another pair.

There are significant differences between Maliyah and Kendra Herrin, who were separated in August, and Allyson and Avery Clark.

Unlike the Herrins, the 6-month-old Clark girls have their own organs and limbs. They are fused at the lower part of their spines.

"Most conjoined twins are conjoined at the chest, the abdomen. It's so rare for it to be so good," their mother, Anna Clark, said.

Doctors "told us it seems fairly simple," she said.

Doctors planned to insert tissue expanders under the skin Thursday. Surgery will follow in four weeks to six weeks.

Kerry Clark, an F-16 crew chief, transferred to Hill Air Force Base near Ogden so the girls could be treated in Salt Lake City.

The Clarks e-mailed and called Jake and Erin Herrin to talk about their daughters' experience.

"It just seemed like it was our best bet to come here," Anna Clark said.

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

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