World Pediatric Project – Conjoined
Born on born April 8, 2010, Maria and Teresa Tapia, nineteen month-old twins from the Dominican Republic, were beautiful, curious, and unique. Joined at the lower chest and abdomen, the girls were brought to the United States by the Richmond-based medical philanthropy World Pediatric Project for medical care. After much anxiety and preparation, the conjoined twins underwent extensive surgery and were successfully separated at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. With new perspectives, yet still very emotionally attached to each other, the healthy twins now live with their parents and other siblings in the Dominican Republic.