On April 11, 2004, "Dateline NBC" aired a story about the Onziga twins, who were separated at the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2002. Click here for an update on the Onziga girls, who are now living in the United States.
In April of 2002, a 35-member team from the University of Maryland Hospital for Children successfully separated 6-month-old conjoined twin girls from Africa. This was the second successful separation of conjoined twins performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Operations attempting to separate conjoined twins are very rare, complex and risky procedures, which is why these cases receive worldwide media attention and interest.
We've created this educational resource to increase your understanding of conjoined twins and to learn about our successful separations. Click on any of the links below for more information.
Facts About Conjoined Twins
Find out how they are formed, the classifications/types and history of conjoined twins, relevant statistics and much more. Read story »
Onziga Twins Successfully Separated at UM Medical Center in April, 2002
Get detailed information on the complicated, 12-hour procedure, in which 6-month old twins from Africa were successfully separated. Also, learn how they came to the University of Maryland Medical Center for the operation. Read story »
Formerly Conjoined Twins Lead Healthy, Normal Lives
Seventeen years ago, 2-month-old conjoined twins Ciera and Tiera Bennett were successfully separated at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Today, the girls are healthy, typical 11th graders who are doing well in school and preparing for college. Read story »