DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) -- The conditions of conjoined twins separated last summer have steadily improved and officials say they'll be released this week from a Dallas hospital.
Officials at Medical City Children's Hospital announced Monday that Owen and Emmett Ezell are expected to be discharged Wednesday. They were born in July joined at the chest.
The boys -- who weighed a combined 11 pounds, 15 ounces at birth -- were separated last August after growing to a weight of nearly 16 pounds.
The boys are no longer being fed through an IV but continue to be fed through tubes in their abdomens. And although they're breathing on their own, they need the assistance of a trachea tube.
The boys will move from the hospital to a rehab center.
The babies shared a liver and bowels, plus had a birth defect called omphalocele that left their intestines outside of their bodies and covered by a thin layer of tissue.
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