Mel Gibson Re-Unites With Estranged Wife for Charity Event
The special occasion was the 10th birthday of Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Quiej-Alvaraez, two Guatemalan girls borns as conjoined twins connected at the skulls. The pair garnered international attention when surgeons at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA Medical Center separated them in August of 2002.
Gibson's estranged wife Robyn was formerly the president of the board of directors of nonprofit group Mending Kids, a group that provides life-altering surgical care for children worldwide: the Gibsons were honored for their contributions to the organization.
"We're all involved in Josie and Teresa's lives," People Magazine reported Gibson as saying (the actor was using the girls' nicknames). "It's incredible seeing Josie and Teresa do so well. Listening to Josie speak, you think, 'Man, this is the happiest kid I've ever seen."
Recently back from two Mending Kids medical trips to Guatemala and Panama, Mel told People "We gave them financial support, but it was hands-on sometimes. I remember Robyn taking care of children who came here [for surgery]."
"All of my kids do give back. Our children have been raised that way and that will be an integral part of their lives as they move on," he continued.