Con­joined twins sep­a­rate but cud­dling for com­fort

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - LABOR LEADERSHIP -

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.

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