Formerly conjoined twins who were separated at Texas Children’s Hospital in 2014 have now started Pre-K.

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata turned five on April 11. They have marked another milestone in their journey when started attending pre-kindergarten in Littlefield, Texas.

They were born joined at the abdomen and shared multiple organs, including their liver, intestines, diaphragm, and lining of the heart.

They spent 10 months in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit before their surgery.

Doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital separated the conjoined twins in 2015. The surgical team that included 12 surgeons, six anesthesiologists and eight surgical nurses worked for 23 hours on Knatalye and 26 hours on Adeline.

The girls continue to thrive at home in Littlefield, their family said.

Knatalye and Adeline attend full-day pre-k every weekday after previously undergoing various therapies, including physical, speech and occupational therapy and schooling at home.

They already love going to school, too. Their mom, Elysse Mata, said the girls “love their teachers and especially love recess.”

The girls will celebrate another big moment next week when they start taking the bus to school.

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