CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE:
It has been five years since Ximena and Scarlett were separated in a complex surgery and are now thriving.
" I believe that my daughters would probably be dead, i think that the doctors gave them a second life." Said Silvia Hernandez Ambriz "A second chance to live"
The girls are now moving like any other five-year-old, you would not be able to tell that they were conjoined just five years ago.
" I give thanks that god put the best doctors In the lives of my daughters." said Silvia.
The girls now have colostomy bag and will require surgery in the future but are living life to the fullest.
Early in Silvia Hernandez’s pregnancy, hospital staff told her and her babies’ father that they were expecting more than one bundle of joy.
“We took her to the hospital,” said Roel Torrez. "They told us they heard two hearts, We were happy, saying “Oh, maybe a girl and a boy.”
But little did they know that they also had a third baby on the way.
“She went to the doctor because she was feeling sick,” Torrez said. “And they told her it was three.”
A few months later, the family found out two of the babies were conjoined. The family began to worry about the risks.
“That it was a risky pregnancy with the babies,” Torrez said. “They could not make it. Something could go wrong.”
But Saturday night, the family welcomed Catalina Monserrat, Ximena Jackeline and Scarlett Juliet at Bay Area Hospital. The triplets arrived by caesarian section.
Hernandez was only 34 weeks into her pregnancy -- the babies weighed 4 lbs., 11 ozs. Doctors said the conjoined sisters will have some challenges.
“They share pelvic contents, muscles, skin, separate pelvic bones,” said pediatric surgeon Dr. Haroon Patel.
The girls also have separate bladders, part of their colon is conjoined, and they share an abdominal wall.
“They each have their own legs, and they are bent over and fused," he said.
The family is just optimistic, and happy that their babies are doing well.
“We don’t care if they are conjoined, they get separated or not -- that's something God sent us to take care of, and we are going to do the best (we can),” he said.
This is the original story about the birth of the conjoined twins appeared on KRISTV.com in 2015.