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Maria Tapia, left, has her scar checked by Dr. David Lanning during a one-year check up at VCU Medical center in Richmond on Oct. 31, 2012. Her sister, Teresa Tapia is on the right. The twin girls who were born attached and underwent complicated surgical procedures to separate them at Virginia Commonwealth University's Children's Hospital have returned to Richmond a year later for a checkup. The girls were born joined at the lower chest and abdomen. A team led by Lanning divided the twins' liver, pancreas and other shared organ systems and reconstructed their abdominal walls. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Dean Hoffmeyer)