A six-hour miracle
Conjoined twins Nima and Dawa Pelden were separated after a surgery yesterday in Melbourne, Australia
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.