Conjoined twins separate but cuddling for comfort
CONJOINED twins Nima and Dawa Pelden have been separated — but are back in the same bed, comforting each other as they 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 at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Nima and Dawa were placed in intensive care, where they had to recover in separate beds.
But, as their condition improved 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 they appear the same as before surgery.
Mother Bhumchu Zangmo is keeping a bedside vigil for her 15-month-old formerly conjoined daughters, supported by Children First Foundation volunteers.
CFF chief executive Elizabeth Lodge said: “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.
“In a moment when they were both unsettled it was each other they reached for. Both of them independently did it. Seeing them reaching for each other is just heartwarming. The separation is not the biggest thing, it is just seeing them doing so well.”
Bhumchu Zangmo and Nima.