After spending her first birthday in the hospital, Ricardo, Sara and Milagros were ready for the momentous leg separation surgery. The surgical team agreed that Milagros's ability to survive without the procedure was growing slim.
Over the year, Milagros had become a symbol of hope to an entire nation. Finally, the doctors were assembled and her operation was televised live throughout Peru!
After the first hour, Dr. Rubio gave an update on the most dangerous part of the surgery: cutting a main artery that crosses from one leg to the other. "We have succeeded in clamping the main artery without any problems. We have sealed it and the blood flow is perfect in both legs.
Now it was time to separate the legs beginning at the heels. After more than six hours in surgery and a crucial 36 hours afterward, Milagros was in the clear. The surgery was a complete success!