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Mother holds conjoined twins for the first time

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Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008 12:48 pm | Updated: 9:22 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

PHOENIX - A 20-year-old Kingman woman who gave birth to conjoined twins held them for the first time on Friday.

Ashley Frank says the twins were so tiny she was scared to touch them.

Conjoined twins born in Phoenix hospital

The twins were born Wednesday by Caesarean section. They're joined at the abdomen and share a liver. Together, they weigh 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

Pediatric surgeon Dr. Stuart Lacey says the babies will need to be at least 3 months old before doctors begin to consider a surgical separation. They'll need several surgeries before that.

Doctors with Phoenix Children's Hospital say they don't know the babies' gender because of how they are fused.

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