SYDNEY (Reuters) – Bhutanese sisters were separated Friday in a six-hour operation at an Australian hospital and the senior surgeon said he was confident that infants would recover successfully.
The 15-month-old twins, Nima and Dawa, were connected from the pelvis to the pelvis. Doctors at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (RCHM) said they had to separate the livers of girls and that the main challenge was to rebuild their abdomen.
"It's a relief and it's also a joy. No operation can be better to be able to go see the parents and tell them that we were able to take care of your child, "said Dr. Joe Crameri, who led strong surgical team and is the head of pediatric surgery at Hospital, said at a press conference.
"There will be challenges over the next 24 to 48 hours, as with any surgical procedure, and we are confident that we can get a good result," Crameri said.
The girls and their mother, Bhumchu Zangmo, were brought to Australia last month by the charity Children's First Foundation, which stated that the Victorian state government had assumed the costs of the 39, surgical operation, while he was in charge of transportation and accommodation.
Upon arrival, the medical team stated that girls needed to improve their weight and health before surgery. The girls should stay in the hospital for at least a week, said Crameri.
In 2009, RCHM doctors successfully separated Bangladeshi twins, Trishna and Krishna, during a 25-hour surgery.
Report by Karishma Luthria; Edited by Michael Perry