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Surgeons separate conjoined Kingman twins

Conjoined twins Alex (left) and Angel Mendoza are shown on Jan. 8 at Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix. A surgery to separate the conjoined twins is set for Thursday.

Conjoined twins Alex (left) and Angel Mendoza are shown on Jan. 8 at Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix. A surgery to separate the conjoined twins is set for Thursday.

PHOENIX – Conjoined twins were doing well Friday after Phoenix doctors successfully separated them.

A Phoenix Children’s Hospital spokeswoman said it took 12 hours to separate the twins and then several more hours of work on each boy before surgeons finished about 1 a.m. Friday.

She says the procedure couldn’t have gone better for Alex and Angel Mendoza and the boys were resting in the hospital’s neonatal unit.

The twins were born last summer and were joined from just below their sternums all the way down through their pelvises.

A team of more than 20 doctors and nurses worked to give the boys separate bodies and the two were stable throughout the surgery.

Ashley Frank of Kingman gave birth in mid-August to the twins at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix.

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