Op­er­a­tion sep­a­rates twins from Bhutan shar­ing liver

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Con­joined twins from Bhutan were sep­a­rated at an Aus­tralian hos­pi­tal Fri­day 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 a surgery that lasted al­most six hours, said Joe Crameri, the head of pe­di­atric 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.

The As­so­ci­ated Press The 15-month-old girls are seen Fri­day be­fore surgery at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

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