NIMA and Dawa Pelden are comforting each other as they y come to terms with being apart.
Despite being separate for the first time in their lives, the Bhutanese sisters remain at each other’s side, preferring to rest in the same bed as they reach for each other.
In the hours after Friday’s groundbreaking separation surgery ry at the Royal Children’s Hospital, tal, Nima and Dawa were placed d in intensive care, where they had d to recover in separate beds.
But as their condition improved oved and they woke, the sisters were returned to the hospital room they shared before surgery, where they continued to reach out for each other.
The decision was made to place the girls in the same cot, where they snuggle so tightly the appear the same as before surgery.
While Nima and Dawa are now able to lie on their backs for the first time, after the shock of so many changes, medical staff place towels around them so they can remain on their sides, facing towards each other, where they are most content.
Mother Bhumchu Zangmo is keeping a bedside vigil for her 15month-old formerly conjoined daughters, supported by Bhutanese doctor Karma Sherub and nurse Tshewang Choden, as well as Children First Foundation volunteers.
When Ms Zangmo has a rest, RCH nurses have sung Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to calm the girls, though in English rather than the Bhutanese words they are used to.
CFF chief executive Elizabeth Lodge said just seeing the girls so healthy and safe after surgery was a bigger thrill than noticing they were now separated — when not covered by a blanket.
“Nima lay on her back, which was something she has never been able to do, but she reached out to find her sister … and Dawa has still been wrapping her leg around Nima,” Ms Lodge said.
“In a moment when they were both unsettled it was each other they reached for. Both of them independently did it.
“Seeing them reaching other is just heartwarming. for each
“The separation is not the biggest thing, it is just seeing them doing so well.”
Dawa continues to sleep more, though she is still disturbed by the louder and more dominant Nima, just as their relationship has been for their first 15 months of life.
The RCH released yesterday confirming strong recovery.
“Twins Nima and Dawa are both in a stable condition, and recovering in a ward,” the statement read. email@example.com a statement the twins’
MumBhumchu Zangmo with Dawa as she lies on her back for the first time; the twins before surgery (inset); and sharing a cot after being separated (below).