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A woman from south Texas gave birth to triplet girls, with two of the babies conjoined at the pelvis.
Pediatric surgeon Dr. Haroon Patel from Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, said on Monday that it will likely be at least six months until the conjoined babies, who share a colon, will be separated.
Catalina, Ximena and Scarlett were born Saturday at Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area, said hospital spokeswoman Lisa Robertson. She said the conjoined girls 'Ximena' and 'Scarlett' were transferred to Driscoll on Sunday.
Patel said the conjoined babies, who were in good condition at the hospital, will need to get "bigger and stronger" before undergoing separation surgery. He also said doctors will need time to work on a plan to separate the girls.
Robertson said the girls were born to Silvia Hernandez of Brownsville via cesarean section, at about 34 weeks. A normal pregnancy is about 41 weeks. Each baby weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces. They were breathing without respirators.
Catalina remains at Corpus Christi Medical Center-Bay Area in good condition.
Hernandez and husband Raul Torres also have 2-year-old son.