Conjoined twins Angelica and Angelina with their mom Ginady and child life specialist Allison Brooks.

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Attached at the chest

Conjoined twins Angelica (left) and Angelina Sabuco (right) are watched by their mother Ginady (far left) and child life specialist Allison Brooks during a press conference on Oct. 31, one day before their separation surgery at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

The 2-year-old conjoined twins were born in 2009 connected at the chest and abdomen. CT scans showed that their sternums were fused together and they shared a liver, but all other internal organs functioned separately. Experiencing struggles in walking and facing an uncertain future involving skeletal and muscular disabilities, the twins underwent a 10-hour surgery on Nov. 1 led by Dr. Gary Hartman.

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Angelina and Angelica holding hands, post-op

Photo: Toni Gauthier/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Post-op separation

Angelina and Angelica hold hands in a grassy field six months after their separation surgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Now experiencing life apart, the twins are undergoing physical and occupational therapy to strengthen their motor skills.

"They love to run around, go out, and play with other children now," said mother Ginady Sabuco. The twins are also looking forward to celebrating their third birthday later this summer — their first since the separation.

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Photos: Formerly conjoined twins thriving 6 months later
Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, twins born attached at the chest, are enjoying life apart after undergoing a 10-hour separation surgery last fall.