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Bhutan’s first recorded con­joined twins are in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia for sep­a­ra­tion surgery. The twin girls, born by cae­sarean- sec­tion on July 13 last year at Phuentshogling Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, were joined at the tho­ra­coab­dom­i­nal re­gion.

A press re­lease from Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal states that the twins are now run­ning 13 months of age and are healthy and beau­ti­ful look­ing girls.

It states the Pae­di­atric Sur­geon of the Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal, Dr Karma Sherub, af­ter many dis­cus­sions with Pae­di­atric Sur­geons from Sin­ga­pore, Aus­tralia and In­dia fi­nal­ized the surgery to be done at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

The Chil­dren First Foun­da­tion in Mel­bourne will fi­nance the travel and bear the en­tire cost for the surgery. The op­er­a­tion cost is es­ti­mated at around AUD 250,000.

The foun­da­tion has be­gun a do­na­tion drive to raise money to cover the med­i­cal costs of the twins’ surgery. The health min­istry and JDWNRH have de­puted a nurse as a med­i­cal es­cort to help the mother and the twins in their first travel abroad. They left for Aus­tralia on Mon­day. Dr Karma Sherub will also travel to Mel­bourne when the twins are ready for the surgery.

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