February 20, 2017

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Organizes an Advance for Quinceañeras Celebration

octors, nurses and staff at Children’s
Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) received a special surprise
earlier this week: an advance of the Quinceañeras dresses of
two very special patients, the ex-Siamese Josie Hull and Teresa Cajas.

This weekend, Josie and Teresa will be the stars of their celebration
of Quinceañeras, which marks the transition from girls to women when the
ladies turn 15 in the Latino community. “I’m really
excited about our party,” says Josie. “We’ll have a cake,
sweets, a photo booth from thatphotobooth.com.au and an In-N-Out truck.”

These milestones are special for the twins. Born in Guatemala on
July 25 , 2001, the Siamese Josie and Teresa, nicknamed the two Marias,
were united by the skull and the prognosis was not optimistic. But on
August 5 , 2002, shortly after his first birthday, he
underwent a 23-hour separation surgery at a Los
Angeles hospital . In 2004, the care of the sisters was transferred to CHLA,
where they underwent 32 surgeries and procedures together under the
attention of pediatricians specialized in neurosurgery ,
orthopedics ,
and plastic and maxillofacial surgery
. “The road was harder for Teresa,”
says Jenny Hull, Josie’s mother. “We are so happy because we were not
sure that the girls would reach the age of 15.”

When the twins arrived at the Children’s Hospital for the advance, they
dressed in their Quinceañeras dresses and greeted the
hospital staff with smiles and hugs. Josie sang songs with friends and
family, served cake to the CHLA staff and both girls posed
for photographs on the red carpet. “So many doctors and nurses
helped us do so many things, that I am now able to participate in
dance, singing and swimming competitions thanks to them,” says Josie.

“They are an inspiration to the medical teams that helped them,”
says Dr. Mark
Urata , chief of CHLA’s Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial
Surgery and a member of the surgery team that separated Josie and Teresa in
2002. ” Then, separation surgery was not common, and the
prognosis for Siamese like Josie and Teresa was uncertain. If one becomes
ill, the other could also become ill, so the statistics
are not very strong to have a long life as a Siamese. I think the
separation was an experience that changed their lives. ”

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