TWINS REACH OUT FOR EACH OTHER
NIMA and Dawa Pelden are comforting each other as they come to terms with the enormity of being separated.
Despite having the freedom to be apart for the first time in their lives, the Bhutanese sisters remain by 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 at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Nima and Dawa were placed in separate beds in intensive care to recover. But as their condition improved, the sisters reached out for each other and it was decided to place them in the same cot, where they snuggled tightly.
The twins are now able to lay on their backs for the first time but remain on their side facing each other. Their mother Bhumchu Zangmo is keeping vigil at the side of her 15-month-old daughters. The RCH released a statement yesterday confirming their strong recovery.
COT COMFORT: Mum Bhumchu Zangmo with Nima and (inset) Dawa after their separation.