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Why did Maria and Teresa need help?
Twins Maria Teresa and Teresa Maria were born in the Dominican Republic conjoined at the abdomen, sharing a liver and part of their gastro-intestinal system. Maria ate constantly, desperately trying to maintain some of the nutrition which was passed to her sister. By the time they were 18 months old, Teresa was 20 percent larger than little Maria.
Unfortunately, the expertise and resources needed to assess and potentially separate the girls donot exist in the Dominican Republic. In addition, the family could not afford the cost of advanced medical care or travel to the U.S.
How did World Pediatric Project help?
Once World Pediatric Project learned about the twins through Dominican partners, WPP arranged for them and their mother to travel to Richmond, VA, for testing and potentially separation at WPP’s partner hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond of the VCU Health System. WPP volunteer, surgeon-in-chief Dr. David Lanning, accepted the case.
How are Maria and Teresa today?
After six weeks of intense physical therapy and recovery, the girls returned home to the Dominican Republic eager to see their entire family. Now they are walking on their own and developing their unique, individual personalities!
Information about Dr. David Lanning:
Surgeon-in-Chief, Children’s Hospital of Richmond of the VCU Health System
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