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By William J. Gorta

Twin boys Carter and Conner Mirabal, who were conjoined at the abdomen and shared a liver, bile ducts and intestinal tracts were successfully separated during a 12-hour surgery in Jacksonville, hospital officials announced Monday.

The surgery took place on Thursday, May 7.

The twins' mother was ecstatic.

"We are so grateful to everyone who has taken care of our babies," Michelle Brantley said in a hospital press release. "We had so much confidence in them and they have been so good to us and to our family. We can’t wait to take Carter and Conner home!"

The twins, were born in December and admitted to the Wolfson Children's Hospital the next day for emergency surgery to correct a shared intestine protruding from a weakness in the abdominal wall, a potentially life-threatening condition, the hospital said in a press release.

They had a second surgery in January in which a temporary mesh was removed. During that procedure, the surgeon saw the twins also had two bile ducts that were fused.

The hospital said the twins, who had spent their lives so far facing each other, were "critical but stable" they would likely have a sustained recovery.

"Seeing them separate just doesn't seem right," the boys' aunt Jamine Maribel told NBC affiliate First Coast News. "We're so used to seeing them together that seeing them separate just seems so crazy."

Five-month-old conjoined twins Carter and Conner Mirabal, who were conjoined at the abdomen and shared a liver, bile ducts and intestinal tracts were successfully separated during a 12-hour surgery at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida on May 7, 2015.Michael LeGrand / Wolfson Children's Hospital