They were called "Las Dos Marias," the two Marias, playful 11-month-old twins from Guatemala who were born joined at the head. Nine years after a 23-hour operation at UCLA freed them to live their own lives, they are no longer patients here. But the two surgeons who so famously separated them are still tenuously tethered to the girls. The two surgeons, Dr. Jorge Lazareff and Dr. Henry Kawamoto Jr., along with UCLA anesthesiologist Dr. Van De Wiele, joined celebrants at the girls' lavish, luau-themed 10th birthday party last Saturday at a private home in Malibu, hosted by Mending Kids International, the organization that now supports the twins' care and helps thousands of children from developing countries receive corrective surgeries.
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