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Stewart's mother, Marla Longbrake, said her daughter has handled the stressful situation well.
"It was a shock, but she and the father didn't question it," Longbrake said of learning of the twins' condition. "They're just happy, beautiful little girls."
Tuggle said he has "no idea" how long the surgery might last or when it might take place, because the twins need to grow bigger and stronger first. He said it would be good for the surgery to occur before the twins are 8 to 9 months old, to help with their psychological development.
Tuggle participated in the last surgical separation of conjoined twins at OU Medical Center, which occurred in 1986. Those twins, Faith and Hope Cox, are healthy and now in their 20s.
Stewart said she has spoken with Natalie Cox, the mother of the Cox twins.
"It is nice to be able to talk to someone who's been through this," she said. "She said if I ever need anything to call her."
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