As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, both Maria Teresa and Maria de Jesus Quiej Alvarez remain in serious condition with stable vital signs in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UCLAâ€™s Mattel Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
Maria de Jesus is scheduled for a non-emergency surgery on Thursday, Aug. 29. A detailed inspection of all the post-surgical wounds will be made, as well as any repairs that might be needed. Thursdayâ€™s procedure will be the first time Maria de Jesus will return to the operating room since the initial separation surgery.
Maria Teresa, who underwent a planned surgery Aug. 22 to remove blood from a subdural hematoma that occurred during the initial separation surgery, was taken off a ventilator on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Doctors remain cautiously optimistic about the long-term prospects for recovery of the twins. The one-year old Guatemalan girls, who were born conjoined at the head, were separated at UCLA on Aug. 6 in a nearly 23-hour surgery.
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