CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Surgery at a South Texas hospital has separated two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist. Driscoll Children's Hospital spokesman Jeff Salzgeber says the hourslong operation began Tuesday morning. Ximena (huh-MEE-nuh) and Scarlett Hernandez-Torres shared a colon and bladders that will be reconstructed. Their identical triplet sister, Catalina, was born without serious health issues. The hospital staff has cared for the conjoined girls since they were transferred to the Corpus Christi facility hours after birth.
Unaccompanied children and teenagers from Central America are generally sent to government facilities, while the adults could face detention and prosecution for illegally entering the U.S. Authorities can also separate parents and children if it considers separation to be in the child's best interest, with a parent's criminal history often being a factor.