Sep­a­rated twin dies, sis­ter re­cov­er­ing: Riyadh

The Gulf Today - - MIDDLE EAST -

RIYADH: One of the Pales­tinian con­joined twins from the Gaza Strip sep­a­rated this week in surgery in Saudi Ara­bia has died but her sis­ter is re­cov­er­ing, the coun­try said on Satur­day.

“Ha­neen is in sta­ble con­di­tion and on her way to re­cov­ery ive days af­ter be­ing sur­gi­cally sep­a­rated from her clin­i­cally dead sis­ter, Farah,” the Saudi in­for­ma­tion min­istry said.

“Ha­neen is breath­ing nor­mally and is re­ceiv­ing her nu­tri­tion in­tra­venously,” said Dr Ab­dul­lah Al Rabiah, who led the op­er­a­tion team.

Rabiah said that all of the Pales­tinian in­fant’s vi­tal signs were now sta­ble and that she had been re­moved from an ar­ti­icial res­pi­ra­tor.

The op­er­a­tion was car­ried out on Mon­day and in­volved the sep­a­ra­tion of mul­ti­ple or­gans, in­clud­ing the liver, as well as restor­ing or­gans in Ha­neen.

The surgery came months af­ter a doc­tor and fam­ily mem­ber of the twins pleaded from Gaza that they be al­lowed to go abroad for the com­plex surgery.

Al­lam Abu Hamda, head of the neona­tal unit at Gaza’s Shifa Hospi­tal, said in Oc­to­ber the girls were born joined at the stom­ach and pelvis and that the com­pli­cated con­di­tion could not be dealt with in the en­clave.

Is­rael has main­tained a block­ade of the Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory for a decade, cit­ing se­cu­rity fears over Gaza rulers Ha­mas.

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