January 29, 1996 in Nation/World

Twin’s Condition Is Stable

Associated Press

A 16-day-old girl was in critical but stable condition Sunday, while her parents planned a funeral for the infant’s Siamese twin, who died after surgery to separate them.

Sarah Morales remained sedated and on a ventilator to help her breathe because her lungs deteriorated after Saturday’s six-hour surgery.

“She is requiring significant support, but she is stable,” said Dr. Michael Segall, director of neonatology at Children’s Hospital San Diego. “This happens. We’re always hoping for the best, but we’re realistic. We’re not out of the woods by any measure.”

Sarah’s sister, Sarahi, died shortly after the surgery, which involved disconnecting the twins’ shared liver, blood vessels and band of skin that ran from their breast bones to their belly buttons.

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