FIRST CONJOINED TWINS IN AUSTRALIA FOR SEPARATION SURGERY
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.