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Nine-month-old girls who were formerly conjoined twins made their public debut at the Philadelphia hospital where they were separated.
   
Allison June and Amelia Lee Tucker and their parents - of Adams - were introduced at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Thursday.
   
Pediatric surgeon Dr. Holly Hedrick said Allison is the smaller but tougher twin. Allison has been released from the hospital, but Amelia - the larger twin - is still in intensive care for now.

"It's been a pure roller coaster of emotion, but I wouldn't trade it for anything," said Shellie Tucker, mother of the twins.

"We've developed as a couple, as a family, as individuals, and the people we've met, it's incredible."
   
Surgeons separated the Tucker girls during a seven-hour operation in November.
   
The infants had been joined at the lower chest and abdomen. They shared a chest wall, diaphragm, pericardium and liver.
   
The surgery was the 21st separation of conjoined twins performed at the hospital. The procedure involved about 40 medical staff members.

- reported by The Associated Press & 7 News

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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