Outlook Good as Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Hospital

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) -

Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic were released on Friday from a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them.

Ballenie and Bellanie Camacho were joined at the base of the spine at their birth on Feb. 4, 2016. They shared a key artery that supplies blood to the pelvic region as well as neurologic and gastrointestinal connections.

Officials at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital say the’ 21-hour surgery in January was successful and both children should enjoy full lives. Dr. Whitney McBride called their progress “nothing short of remarkable.”

The twins will receive physical therapy before returning to the Dominican Republic with their parents, Abel Camacho and Laurilin Celadilla.