Sur­geons in Aus­tralia sep­a­rate con­joined girls from Bhutan

Malta Independent - - World -

Con­joined twins from Bhutan were separated at an Aus­tralian hospi­tal Fri­day in a del­i­cate op­er­a­tion that di­vided their shared liver and re­con­structed their ab­domens. The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa, were do­ing well af­ter the surgery that lasted al­most six hours, said Joe Crameri, the head of pe­di­atric surgery at Mel­bourne’s Royal Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal. “There weren’t any things in­side the girls’ tum­mies that we weren’t re­ally pre­pared for,” he told re­porters. The girls were joined from the lower chest to just above the pelvis. They shared a liver, but doc­tors started the pro­ce­dure un­sure if they also shared a bowel. Crameri said there were no ma­jor prob­lems with the bowel at­tach­ment. He said the ma­jor chal­lenge had been to re­con­struct the twins’ ab­domens. Crameri said the girls would be closely mon­i­tored and that his team felt “qui­etly con­fi­dent that we will have a good re­sult.” He added that the girls’ mother, Bhum­chu Zangmo, was “smil­ing, very happy, and grate­ful.”

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