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SAN ANTONIO - "They loved each other so much that they just stuck together," Elysse Mata told her son about his new baby sisters.
She and husband Eric were expecting, but never expected twins, and never imagined the possibility that the girls would be conjoined.
Despite doctors giving the twins a 20 percent chance of survival, the Matas kept hope and faith, and on April 11, 2014, Adeline Faith and Knatalye Hope were born at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
The babies are connected from the chest down to their pelvis and share a liver and part or their pelvis.
When they are strong enough, they'll undergo separation surgery, and mom says their individual personalities are already showing.
"Knatalye Hope is the feisty one," Elysse said. "Adeline Faith, she's more mellow and quiet."
The family moved from Lubbock to Houston to receive the best care for their girls and the San Antonio community is stepping up support ahead of the twins marathon separation surgery.
"We know this is for a reason and for a purpose, and I just had this peace like it was going to be okay. It's going to be okay," Elysse's mother Marie Blanco said about her special grandbabies.
Elysse's parents live in San Antonio and have received tremendous support through their church.
One parishioner, Jennifer Massey, designed a conjoined heart necklace that she's selling to raise money for the Mata family.
"The symbolism of the two little hearts that are conjoined. I was just like, wow light bulb, you know?" Massey said.
She has raised more than $7,000 selling the necklaces and others have helped with barbecue plate sales and T-shirts supporting the twins.
"They're always there with encouraging words. There's so much love," Elysee said about all of their supporters.
Doctors expect the twins will be ready for the 20-hour surgery in December, and expect the twins will live normal lives.
Elysse is nervous about the surgery and for what lies ahead for her girls, but she and her family continue to hold onto two little words: hope and faith.
Those interested in helping the Mata family can click here for information on fundraisers.
SAN ANTONIO -- Our sister station CW 35 has a familiar face as its new brand ambassador. Alanna Sarabia is stepping up as the "CW 35 Insider", and will be seen at events, on air promotions and on social media. Alanna is a familiar face to San Antonio TV viewers, serving as a correspondent for Daytime at 9 on FOX San Antonio and San Antonio Living on News 4 San Antonio. She also fills in as a host for both shows, and livens up the set with her enthusiasm and contagious smile. "I am thrilled for the huge opportunity to be the face of CW San Antonio and spread the word about the CW Crew," said Alanna. "I love being out in the community, and live for all things entertainment, so this is the perfect fit. " Alanna is a graduate of Texas State University, and holds a degree in Electronic Media and Communications. She began her television career right here in San Antonio, when she interned at News 4 San Antonio. Her hard work and creativity soon landed her a job as a freelance reporter. Alanna also took on a special assignment as the "Fiesta Insider" during Fiesta 2011. Alanna was crowned Miss San Antonio in 2009, and is a former NBA Spurs Silver Dancer. She also held the title La Reina de La Feria de las Flores 2012 for Fiesta San Antonio and raised $25,000 to give to the Parent/Child Scholarship. As the CW Insider, Alanna will be seen at festivals, expos and other events all around town. She will also be recruiting members of the CW Crew, a group of loyal viewers who will receive inside information about the CW programming, as well as exclusive discounts and special offers at businesses around the city. "The CW 35 is enjoying growth that is unparalleled in San Antonio television history," said Dean Radla, General Manager of CW 35 and Fox San Antonio. "The network features the newest, brightest stars in Hollywood and I feel that Alanna fits that description here in San Antonio. I am very excited to introduce her in this role as well as offer membership in the new CW Crew which will offer behind the scenes information on the CW, great prizes and savings for members."For more information about CW35, visit our website at CW35.tv and like the station on Facebook at facebook.com/cwsanantonio.
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