Surgeons separate 10-month-old conjoined twin girls in Houston

Surgeons and clinicians at Texas Children's Hospital prepare to separate conjoined twins Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata. Born in April 2014 at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, the girls were successfully separated on Feb. 17, 2015 and are recovering in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Texas Children's. (PRNewsFoto/Texas Children's Hospital)

HOUSTON (AP) — Doctors say they're optimistic 10-month-old conjoined twin girls named Faith and Hope will survive surgery that has now separated them.

Lead surgeon Dr. Darrell Cass says Knatalyne Hope and Adeline Faith Mata shared a chest wall, lungs, a part of their heart lining and other organs.

The surgery, disclosed Sunday night, was performed last week over 26 hours at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. It had been planned since before they were born.

Cass says the girls are in stable but critical condition and are on ventilators for the next week. They're expected to be in intensive care for a couple of months, then have more surgery later.

The girls' mother, Elysse Mata, says she and her husband are grateful their daughters now have a chance to live separate lives.

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