Conjoined girls separated
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”.