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SYD­NEY – 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.”


CON­JOINED TWINS. The 15month-old girls be­fore surgery at Mel­bourne’s Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Fri­day.

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