courtesy photoJoan Friedman’s new book is for twins who want to learn to live happily own their own.

courtesy photoJoan Friedman’s new book is for twins who want to learn to live happily own their own.

Conjoined twins to be separated at Stanford children's hospital this week

Two-year-old conjoined twins will be separated this week at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in a surgery expected to last eight or nine hours, hospital officials said.

Angelina and Angelica Sabuco, born in the Philippines and now living in San Jose, are set to undergo surgery on Tuesday. The girls are joined at the sternum and have livers and diaphragms that are tightly fused together. They have separate hearts, ribs and digestive systems, however.

Separating and reconstructing the girls will require a team of more than 20 doctors and nurses. The liver separation is the most dangerous portion of the surgery, as it could cause major blood loss, officials said.

“This is a major operation, but we really expect both twins to survive and do well,” said pediatric surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman.

If all goes well, the girls will remain in intensive care for four to five days after the surgery, and then another week in regular care before being released to go home, officials said.

The twins' mother, Ginady Sabuco, said she was seven months pregnant when she learned they were conjoined. Her husband, Fidel, was living and working in San Jose while she was still in the Philippines with her son.

Ginady said the surgery would make some things easier, like allowing her to separate the girls when they fight, but she didn't believe it would change who they are. She described Angelica as talkative and Angelina as a “silent type.”

“I hope that when they grow up, they go to school, graduate and get stable jobs,” Ginady said. “I want them to have a good future.”

Bay Area NewsLocalPalo AltoPeninsulaStanford

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Syd Mandelbaum created the home run tracker, which revolutionized statistics in major league sports. (Courtesy photo)
Home run tracker, with roots at Candlestick Park, marks 30 years

When Giants first baseman Brandon Belt slugged a solo home run in… Continue reading

Talika Fletcher, sister of Roger Allen, is consoled at a vigil to honor her brother, who was killed by Daly City Police on April 7, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supporters march for SF man killed by Daly City police

Struggle over fake gun ends in shooting of 44-year-old Roger Allen, DA says

Curfews on indoor dining have been lifted as The City continues to reopen business. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City to allow expanded indoor dining, limited indoor concerts and small conferences

With new COVID-19 cases remaining stable, San Francisco will continue to expand… Continue reading

Johnny Cueto P was the starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants against the Cinnanti Reds, Wednesday. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Cueto leaves with injury as Giants take series from Reds

A latissimus dorsi injury to Johnny Cueto cast a dark cloud over… Continue reading

Tenants’ rights laws are often mysterious and written in language that confuses. (Shutterstock)
It’s not a good time to be a bad landlord

Tenant Relief Act, at last, is one positive thing for renters

Most Read