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Before Surgery

       
       
   
 

After Surgery in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Photos by Reed Hutchinson, UCLA Photographic Services)

Wenceslao Quiej Lopez plays with his daughter, Maria Teresa, as she gazes at a musical toy ball. Maria Teresa is slowly but steadily recovering from three follow-up procedures to remove a build-up of blood that developed in her brain during the initial separation surgery. Dr. Jorge Lazareff, chief neurosurgeon for the twins' care, caresses Maria Teresa's cheek. "You are beautiful," he tells her. PICU nurse Jennifer Elgin reads a Dr. Seuss book to Maria de Jesus.
       
   
Maria de Jesus turns her head to make eye contact and watch people as they move.  Maria de Jesus looks up as a visitor calls her name.      
 
After Surgery at Mattel Children's Hospital (Photos by Scott Quintard, UCLA Photography)
At right, Maria de Jesus plays with the feeding tube of her sister, Maria Teresa. Although both girls eat solid food, Maria Teresa has been unable to consume enough calories because she sucks and chews more slowly. At right, Maria de Jesus waves at the camera, while Maria Teresa shyly looks away. Since the twins' separation, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital nurses remark that the two girls appear to have swapped personalities. Maria de Jesus shares a laugh with a visitor. She wears a bandaged board on her left arm to prevent her IV from slipping out. At right, Maria de Jesus reaches toward her sister, Maria Teresa. If Maria de Jesus has healed by Sunday from the last procedure to close her incisions, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital doctors expect the two girls to return home to Guatemala with their parents on Oct. 29.
 
Separated Twins Celebrate First Christmas as Individuals at Mattel Children's Hospital
 
HOLIDAY CHEER: Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez inspects a stuffed seatmate at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital. The 17-month-old girl was separated from her sister, Maria Teresa, during a 23-hour surgery on Aug. 5. UCLA doctors have cleared the twins for discharge and Guatemalan medical authorities are preparing to welcome the girls home next month. (credit: Nancy Williams) LIFELONG FRIENDS: Dr. Jorge Lazareff, the UCLA neurosurgeon who led the conjoined twins' separation effort at Mattel Children's Hospital, holds Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez in the family's hospital room. The 17-month-old was separated from her sister, Maria Teresa, during a 23-hour surgery on Aug. 5. UCLA doctors have cleared the twins for discharge and Guatemalan medical authorities are preparing to welcome the girls home next month. (credit: Nancy Williams) GRATEFUL FATHER: Wenceslao Quiej looks proudly at his daughter, Maria Teresa Quiej Alvarez, who was separated from her twin sister, Maria de Jesus, at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital on Aug. 5. Recently fitted with a hearing aid, Maria Teresa has grown more alert and interactive with people in her environment. UCLA doctors discovered some hearing loss in the 17-month-old following the separation surgery. (Credit: Dr. Jorge Lazareff, UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital)  


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