January 16, 2009 | 5:59pm
A team of surgeons and nurses at Phoenix Children's Hospital
early this morning finished a 17-hour operation to separate conjoined twins.
The hospital staff released these photos this afternoon to tout the achievement and the national media attention it brought. NBC's Today Show
is scheduled to report live tomorrow morning from the hospital.
The twins, Angel and Alex Mendoza, were "conjoined at the abdomen and pelvis and shared a liver," says a statement from the hospital.
According to news reports
, the twins are "doing great" but still face a tough road ahead of more operations.
Though we can't seem to get enough of "separated at birth" stories, tales of grown conjoined twins are even more compelling, if not just for the mind-blowing concept of being permanently attached to a sibling.
Two of the most famous American conjoined twins are Abigail and Brittany Hensley, (below). We couldn't watch the YouTube video
of these girls without pondering some of life's Big Questions.