SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA/Meredith) -- When a California couple heard they were having twins last year, their first feeling was joy. That joy quickly turned into blind faith when they found out the girls were conjoined at the head.

Liliya and Anatoliy’s house is always bustling with affection. But their love as parents goes well beyond their three boys.

A sculpture depicts Liliya’s hand wrapped around her daughters, learning while 11 weeks pregnant that they were extraordinary.

Liliya was carrying twin girls conjoined at the head.

"It was very tough. I just was shocked, I couldn't process,” she said. “When I got home my husband said that everything will be good, we will get through it, this is our kids. We already love them".

The twins were born December 30. Doctors say the fact that Abigail and Micaela survived child birth is remarkable.

“I mean they both really happy babies,” Liliya said. “No fussy ones. Very happy, always laughing, smiling, uh, positive- always".

But the twins’ birth was just the start on a road of uncertainty.

"There is not much I can go and do research,” Liliya said. “How to do, what to do, what to use, what not because it's, uh, really rare".

Joined by the skull, soft tissues and brain, Abigail and Micaela are incredibly rare conjoined twins. But even more rare, they were eligible for separation surgery.

The twins spend the past four months at UC Davis Medical Center, preparing for the chance to live independent lives.

The marathon 24-hour surgery occurred last weekend. It ended with a far, but guaranteed success..

Abigail and Micaela will remain in the pediatric intensive care unit for weeks to heal as they embark on a lifelong journey of defying the odds.

“It’s all in God’s hands,” Liliya said. “It’s not even in the doctor’s hands. That’s what I believe.”

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Now this makes me cry.

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