A six-hour mir­a­cle

Con­joined twins Nima and Dawa Pelden were sep­a­rated af­ter a surgery yes­ter­day in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Chen­cho Dema from Thim­phu

Call­ing a suc­cess­ful six-hour surgery with a to­tal of 18 sur­geons, nurses and anes­thetists a mir­a­cle, the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia an­nounced yes­ter­day that the first con­joined twins Nima and Dawa Pelden from Bhutan have been sep­a­rated and that they are in re­cov­ery.

The girls were joined from the lower chest to just above their pelvis and it is be­lieved they share a liver. The iden­ti­cal twin girls were joined at their lower chest and through their ab­domen.

How­ever, the con­nected liver was di­vided suc­cess­fully with­out any ma­jor bleed­ing, ac­cord­ing to the for­eign me­dia.

The twins were born through cae­sarean sec­tion last year at Phuentsholing Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. The surgery started at 8am in Mel­bourne (3am, BST) yes­ter­day.

The twins along with their 38-year old mother have been stay­ing at a prop­erty in Kil­more, north of Mel­bourne, run by the Chil­dren First Foun­da­tion, which is fund­ing their flights and surgery.

“The twins were ad­mit­ted into the hos­pi­tal on Novem­ber 8 at around 2pm in Mel­bourne,” said Dr. Karma Sherub, a pe­di­atric sur­geon with Jigme Dorji Wangchuck Na­tional Re­fer­ral Hos­pi­tal (JDWNRH) in Thim­phu.

He said that the surgery went well and they are look­ing for­ward to a 100% suc­cess rate. “The girls might stay in the hos­pi­tal for about a week.”

The doc­tor also shared that the mother of the twins was strong and do­ing well.

The surgery was ini­ti­ated af­ter the doc­tors con­firmed that the twins were healthy to un­dergo the op­er­a­tion un­like the past when the op­er­a­tion was post­poned a month ago when their con­di­tion were not sta­ble.

The 15-month-old girls along with their mother Bhum­chu Zangmo ar­rived in Aus­tralia about a month ago and had been wait­ing for the surgery.

The surgery will be funded by the Chil­dren First Foun­da­tion, an Aus­tralian-based char­ity that fo­cuses on en­sur­ing chil­dren from de­vel­op­ing coun­tries have ac­cess to spe­cial­ist surg­eries and med­i­cal care.

Ac­cord­ing to for­eign me­dia, the cost of both the surgery and med­i­cal care is ex­pected to cost about US$ 300,000.

A Bhutanese cur­rently liv­ing in Mel­bourne said Bhutanese liv­ing in Aus­tralia are still mak­ing do­na­tions and it will take some more time to col­lect the do­na­tions. “We are go­ing to con­trib­ute only when the twins leave Aus­tralia and that is go­ing to take a while,” he said.

“Once the do­na­tion is com­pleted, we will de­cide on how to do­nate the money and will make an of­fi­cial state­ment,” he added.

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