07 Aug '11, 9am

Pictures: Formerly conjoined twin girls turn 10

Pictures: Formerly conjoined twin girls turn 10

Laura Cajas (centre), helps Josie Hull (right), hold the hand of Josie's sister, Teresita Cajas, formerly conjoined Guatemalan twin girls who were separated in a surgery in 2002. -- PHOTO: AP LOS ANGELES - REACHING that first double-digit age of 10 is a milestone for any kid, but for these Guatemalan twins born conjoined at the head, it's cause for joyous celebration - they've repeatedly defied the odds against survival at all. The girls, Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvarez, garnered international attention when they were separated in 2002 in a 23-hour surgery that riveted the world as it unfolded at Mattel Children's Hospital at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Centre. On Saturday, the sisters, known as Josie and Teresita, celebrated their 10th birthday at a private home in Malibu with a party complete with bounce house and a steel-drum band. Gue...

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