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This image provided by Virginia Commonwealth University Creative Services shows doctors working on a pair of conjoined twins during an operation to separate them at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Monday Nov. 7, 2011. The twins were successfully separated.

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Conjoined twins undergo separation surgery

Conjoined twin girls from the Dominican Republic were recovering Tuesday at a Virginia hospital after undergoing complicated, nearly daylong surgical procedures to separate them. Maria and Teresa Tapia were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen, sharing a liver, pancreas and portion of the small intestine.

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