The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - GRANT MCARTHUR

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.

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