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From 1 crib to 2: Conjoined twin boys separated at 5 months old

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(Nemours Children's Specialty Care/Michael LeGrand via AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP – May 11, 2015) — Surgeons in Jacksonville have successfully separated conjoined twins after a 12-hour operation.

Five-month-old Carter and Conner Mirabal were born fused at the belly and lower chest. They shared a liver and part of their small intestine.

After a 12-hour surgery Thursday that involved three surgeons and five anesthesiologists, the boys were recovering in pediatric intensive care. They were in critical but stable condition Monday.

Parents Michelle Brantley and Brian Mirabal say they marveled at seeing their sons lying in separate cribs for the first time.

The boys will be cared for at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville for at least a month before they are released.

The hospital’s chief of pediatric general surgery, Dr. Daniel Robie, says he expects the boys to recover and lead a normal life.