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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Specialists at Kosair Children's Hospital have performed a surgery to separate seven-week-old conjoined twin girls, according to a news release.

It is the first such surgery performed at Kosair Children's Hospital since 2001.

The surgery took place Nov. 11, and since the surgery, the girls have been under the close watch of experts in the hospital's "Just For Kids" Critical Care Center. It was expected to take 12 hours, but lasted only eight, approximately, the hospital says. The twins are currently still on ventilators, but have been getting stronger by the day, and indicators are favorable for continued improvement, according to the release.

"In any situation where you have so complex a surgery, there is always a long road to recovery," said Erle H. Austin, III, M.D., chief of cardiovascular surgery at Kosair Children's Hospital and surgeon with University of Louisville Physicians, according to the news release. "We are cautiously optimistic, as one or both may require additional surgeries in the future."

"God was definitely watching over the girls and the medical team on the day of the surgery," said the babies' mother, who is not identified in the release. "We are so thankful to God and everyone at Kosair Children's Hospital for getting them this far. We are also thankful to the hospital chaplain, who prayed with us before the delivery and the day of the surgery."

The twins were born at Norton Hospital, with their bodies joined at the chest and abdominal cavity. Their livers were joined, and they shared some of the same heart structures, according to the release.

After birth, U of L Physicians' neonatologists in the Kosair Children's Hospital Level IV neonatal intensive care unit watched over them.

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