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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 07:34 GMT 08:34 UK
In pictures: Siamese twins separated
Surgeons in Los Angeles have separated twin girls from Guatemala who born joined at the top of their heads.

Twins being prepared for surgery
The one-year-old twins had never seen each others' faces

Surgical instruments being prepared
The marathon procedure involved about 50 medical staff (AP)

A surgeon consults x-rays
Throughout the operation surgeons had to consult their plans

The surgeons consult each other
At times the tension was obvious

Doctors move one of the twins
Separation was finally achieved at dawn on Tuesday after 22 hours

Twins recovering in intensive care
The twins were put in separate beds for the first time

Maria Teresa Quiej Alvarez after the operation
But one had to undergo further surgery for bleeding in her brain (AP)

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