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Angelina And Angelica Sabuco, Formerly Conjoined Twins Thrive Post-Separation

05/ 1/12 04:24 AM ET AP

Angelina And Angelica Sabuco
Angelina Sabuco, 2, left, and her twin sister Angelica, right. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Doctors have given a clean bill of health to two-year-old twins who were born attached at the chest and abdomen and who underwent separation surgery at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital six months ago.

Angelina and Angelica Sabuco were the guests of honor at a coming out party Monday attended by some of the 40 doctors and nurses who cared for them during last fall's 10-hour surgery and two-week hospital stay.

Wearing matching pink dresses and different colored hair bows, the California toddlers looked like any other pair of identical twins.

Angelina slept the entire time in her aunt's arms, while Angelica shyly rebuffed her mother's entreaties to sing for her well-wishers.

Plastic surgeon Peter Lorenz, who implanted custom-made plates in each sister's chest to make up for their missing sternums, says their bodies are healing right on track and will continue to outgrow the evidence they once were conjoined.

PHOTOS: Angelina And Angelica Sabuco
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  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelina Sabuco, 2, far left, sleeps in the arms of her aunt Marites Sabuco as her mom Ginady, center right, and twin sister Angelica, far right, look on at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Monday, April 30, in Palo Alto, Calif. The twin sisters, who were born joined in the chest and abdomen, were separated by doctors at the Palo Alto hospital during an intricate 10-hour procedure on December 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelina Sabuco, 2, left, and her twin sister Angelica, right, are hugged by their aunt Marites Sabuco at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Monday, April 30, in Palo Alto, Calif. The twin sisters, who were born joined in the chest and abdomen, were separated by doctors at the Palo Alto hospital during an intricate 10-hour procedure on December 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelina Sabuco, 2, far left, sleeps in the arms of her aunt Marites Sabuco as her mom Ginady, center right, and twin sister Angelica, far right, look on at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Monday, April 30, in Palo Alto, Calif. The twin sisters, who were born joined in the chest and abdomen, were separated by doctors at the Palo Alto hospital during an intricate 10-hour procedure on December 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, is held by her mom Ginady as members of the press ask questions at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Monday, April 30, in Palo Alto, Calif. Angelica and her twin sister Angelina were born joined in the chest and abdomen. They were separated by doctors at the Palo Alto hospital during an intricate 10-hour procedure on December 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, plays with her mom Ginady at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Monday, April 30, in Palo Alto, Calif. Angelica and her twin sister Angelina were born joined in the chest and abdomen. They were separated by doctors at the Palo Alto hospital during an intricate 10-hour procedure on December 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, listens to her mom Ginady at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Monday, April 30, 2012 in Palo Alto, Calif. Angelica and her twin sister Angelina were born joined in the chest and abdomen. They were separated by doctors at the Palo Alto hospital during an intricate 10-hour procedure in December 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, right, and her twin sister Angelina play together at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The Stanford hospital is preparing for surgical procedure to separate the two-year old girls, who were born joined at the chest and abdomen. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, center right, and her twin sister Angelina, center left, are helped to their feet by their mother Ginady Sabuco, at left, and therapist Allison Brooks at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The Stanford hospital is preparing for surgical procedure to separate the two-year old girls, who were born joined at the chest and abdomen. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, at right, and her twin sister Angelina, left, are helped to their feet by their mother Ginady Sabuco, center, at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The Stanford hospital is preparing for surgical procedure to separate the two-year old girls, who were born joined at the chest and abdomen. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, at right, and her twin sister Angelina, left, draw on paper with the help of their mother Ginady Sabuco, center, at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The Stanford hospital is preparing for surgical procedure to separate the two-year old girls, who were born joined at the chest and abdomen. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, 2, at left, and her twin sister Angelina, at right, are brought in for a meeting with the press along with their mother Ginady Sabuco, center, at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The Stanford hospital is preparing for surgical procedure to separate the two-year old girls, who were born joined at the chest and abdomen. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelica Sabuco, center, is carried by her aunt Marita Sabuco and accompanied by family after a meeting with the press following surgery to separate her from her twin sister Angelina at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The twin sisters, who were born joined in the chest and abdomen, are preparing to go home after an intricate surgery by a group of Lucile Packard doctors to separate them. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Angelina Sabuco, at left, is held by her mother Ginady Sabuco and twin sister Angelica, is held by aunt Marita Sabuco, at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. The twin sisters, who were born joined in the chest an abdomen, are preparing to go home after an intricate surgery by a group of Lucile Packard doctors to separate them. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Ginady Sabuco, center, is escorted by pediatric surgeon Gary Hartman, at right, and plastic surgeon Peter Lorenz following surgery on her twin daughters at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. Twin 2-year-old girls Angelina and Angelica Sabuco underwent an expected nine hours of surgery by a team of more than 20 doctors and nurses at the Stanford hospital to gain their independence. The two sisters were born joined at the chest and abdomen and were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at the Stanford hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Ginady Sabuco pauses while addressing the media following surgery on her twin daughters at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. Twin 2-year-old girls Angelina and Angelica Sabuco underwent an expected nine hours of surgery by a team of more than 20 doctors and nurses at the Stanford hospital to gain their independence. The two sisters were born joined at the chest and abdomen and were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at the Stanford hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    Ginady Sabuco, at right, wipes away tears while addressing the media as plastic surgeons Peter Lorenz, center, and Rohit Khosla, left, look on at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. Twin 2-year-old girls Angelina and Angelica Sabuco underwent an expected nine hours of surgery by a team of more than 20 doctors and nurses at the Stanford hospital to gain their independence. The two sisters were born joined at the chest and abdomen and were separated Tuesday during a lengthy, complex procedure at the Stanford hospital. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    In this photo provided by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, conjoined twins Angelina and Angelica Sabuco sit with their aunt Marita Sabuco before undergoing separation surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. Angelica and Angelina are classified as thoraco-omphalopagus, joined at the chest and abdomen. Their livers, diaphragms, breastbones, chest and abdominal wall muscles are fused. They have separate hearts, brains, kidneys, stomachs and intestines. If all goes according to plan, the 2-year-olds will be out of surgery by mid-afternoon. (AP Photo/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital)

  • Conjoined Twins Separation

    In this photo provided by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, surgeon Gary Hartman performs surgery on conjoined twins Angelina and Angelica Sabuco on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Stanford, Calif. Hartman, who has done five separation procedures at medical centers around the U.S., said he expects the operation to go well. (AP Photo/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital)

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