Twins be­gin new life apart

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

LIFE-CHANG­ING surgery to sep­a­rate con­joined Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa in Mel­bourne has been suc­cess­ful.

A team of med­i­cal ex­perts emerged from the­atre yes­ter­day af­ter­noon af­ter the six-hour pro­ce­dure, proudly declar­ing that the 15-mon­thold girls, who were joined at the torso and shared a liver, had been sep­a­rated.

The sis­ters were last night in re­cov­ery and breath­ing in­de­pen­dently af­ter the op­er­a­tion, which in­volved up to 25 sur­geons, nurses and anaes­thetists.

Head of pae­di­atric surgery Dr Joe Crameri, who led the op­er­a­tion, said there had been no sur­prises de­spite fears the girls’ bowel may have been shared.

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