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8/7/06-Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Doctors Begin Separation Surgery For Four-Year-Old Conjoined Twins

Conjoined twins Kendra and Maliyah, left, Herrin provide medical attention to a set of conjoined twin dolls outside their hospital room Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Conjoined twins Kendra and Maliyah, left, Herrin provide medical attention to a set of conjoined twin dolls outside their hospital room Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

 When they wake up, four-year-old twins conjoined could be living separate lives.

Doctors have started separation surgery on the two girls in what was described as the first such attempt on twins with a shared kidney. Kendra and Maliyah Herrin are fused at the mid-torso and also share a liver, a pelvis, a pair of legs and part of the large intestine.

The surgery at a children's hospital in Salt Lake City is expected to take between 12 and 24 hours. If all goes according to plan, each girl will get one leg and Kendra will get the kidney. Maliyah will be put on dialysis until she's strong enough for transplant surgery.

The girls' parents shed a few tears before the surgery started but say they can't believe how brave their little ones are.

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Posted By 6pm News Producer Kelly Hefelfinger khefelfinger@kltv.com

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