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Prayers and well wishes follow news of conjoined twins’ successful separation

Sacramento Bee Staff

Conjoined twins Eva and Erika have beaten the odds before. They will survive separation, mom says.

The Sandovals have upended their lives as they prepare for upcoming surgery to separate 2-year-olds Eva and Erika, siblings who are fused from the chest down. Doctors say the conjoined twins face a 30 percent chance of one or both not surviving.
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The Sandovals have upended their lives as they prepare for upcoming surgery to separate 2-year-olds Eva and Erika, siblings who are fused from the chest down. Doctors say the conjoined twins face a 30 percent chance of one or both not surviving.

The stories about the successful separation surgery for conjoined twins Erika and Eva Sandoval have brought an outpouring of prayers and well wishes from readers in the Sacramento region and beyond.

Many waited and watched for updates, and were relieved to hear the risky and intricate separation surgery proclaimed a success. The following day, news that the twins continued to do well brought another round of support from readers.

The Sandoval family allowed The Sacramento Bee exclusive access to chronicle their story. The team: reporters Sammy Caiola and Claudia Buck; videographer Manny Crisostomo; and Lezlie Sterling, still photographs.

Read some of the comments and share your own on these posts.

The news everyone was waiting for: The surgery was a success!

Desa Warner: I am so happy for this family. I teared up while reading the article about them prepping for the surgery. What a scary decision to make. My heart soars for them.

Nancy Sherer-Testa: I am so happy and relieved to hear the surgery went well. God pour his blessings on this family <3.

Lauren Lynch: Thank you, God. I am crying. Great job to the surgeons and momma and papa!!!

This post includes the first account from doctors.

Karen Cornett: We need this wonderful news at this time. Bless the many many doctors and nurses looking out for these two very special girls.

Linda Tabor: I am so happy for Erika and Eva! the thing that impressed me most about this story is the huge support from loving family and friends. These little girls are truly BLESSED!!!

In addition, Arturo’s Angels: Born as One Soon to Be Two, a Facebook page by father Arturo Sandoval, hasn’t been officially updated with news of the surgery, but there are many well wishes and prayers in the “Visitor Posts” section.

A YouCaring fundraising page for donations to cover medical expenses also has many messages of support.

​Lead surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman and parents Arturo and Aida Sandoval share details of the surgery that separated conjoined 2-year-old twins Eva and Erika at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Operating room video provided by the hospital.

In the early-morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, the Sandoval family prepared conjoined twins Eva and Erika Sandoval for surgery to separate them. The family moved onto the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, where a team of physician

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