Conjoined Twins Separated at VCU

December 11, 2011

By Justin James
VCU InSight

RICHMOND, Va.–Dr. David Lanning put his skills to the test as he led the surgery team who performed the first separation of conjoined twins in Richmond.

Twin girls Maria and Teresa Tapia, originally from the Dominican Republic, were 19 months old when separated on Nov. 4 during a procedure that lasted almost all day.


And all at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Only about a dozen separation surgeries are performed each year as conjoined twins only happen in about 1 in 100,000 live births. They are now recovering away from the hospital, and may be able to return to their country by Christmas.

Below is video from VCU about the separation surgery.