So, in June, 2005, Milagros went in for the first of many surgeries. This one was designed to give her separate legs, creating a gap from her ankles to just the other side of her knees. Dr. Luis Rubio led the medical team who carried out the procedure, likely with a few butterflies in his stomach — the surgery had only been attempted a few times before.
Despite the risks, Dr. Rubio — who had been overseeing Milagros’ treatment since two days after her birth — successfully completed the surgery. In fact, he and the team were able to do even more than they initially thought: they separated her legs from her ankles all the way up to her thighs.