As of noon, Wednesday, Aug. 14, Maria Teresa and Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez remain in critical condition with stable vital signs in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at UCLAâ€™s Mattel Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Westwood. The breathing tube was removed from Maria de Jesus midday yesterday, Aug. 13, and she is now breathing on her own. Maria Teresa continues to rely on a respirator, but also is more alert.
Both girls slowly continue to grow more alert and more active. Doctors remain cautiously optimistic about their long-term prospects for recovery. The twins, conjoined at birth, were separated Aug. 6 in a nearly 23-hour surgery.