Con­joined girls sep­a­rated

Weekend Herald - - World -

Con­joined twins from Bhutan have been sep­a­rated at an Aus­tralian hos­pi­tal in a del­i­cate op­er­a­tion that di­vided their shared liver and re­con­structed their ab­domens. The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa, were do­ing well af­ter the surgery yes­ter­day which lasted al­most six hours, said Joe Crameri, the head of pae­di­atric surgery at Mel­bourne’s Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. The girls were joined from the lower chest to just above the pelvis. They shared a liver, but doc­tors started the pro­ce­dure un­sure if they also shared a bowel. Crameri said there were no ma­jor prob­lems with the bowel at­tach­ment. He said the girls would be closely mon­i­tored and that his team felt “qui­etly con­fi­dent that we will have a good re­sult”.

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