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Conjoined Twins Separated In Successful Surgery

Conjoined Twins Separated In Successful Surgery

Dr Crameri said one of the risks was the use of anaesthetic, as they did not know how one twin would react to the other receiving it.

Head of paediatric surgery Dr Joe Crameri, who led the operation, confirmed the procedure finished about 2.30pm.

The girls were known to share a liver which would complicate the surgery.

The paediatrician confirmed the twins were in recovery and that their breathing tubes had been removed but where they will go next will depend on their progress.

Twin sisters are recovering and sleeping apart for the first time in their 15 months of life after undergoing a six-hour separation surgery. Crameri said there were no major problems with the bowel attachment.

A surgery to separate the conjoined twins Nima and Dawa will take place at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Australia today.

Dr Crameri said they would separate the liver, but one "unknown" was whether the girls shared a bowel.

The case of two USA boys joined at the top of their skulls attracted global attention in 2016 as doctors successfully operated to separate them.

The family was brought to Australia from Bhutan by Children First Foundation, an Australian-based charity.

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They headed into the theatre at 8am, and doctors planned to administer anaesthesia around 8.45am.

"Mom said the girls are getting a little bit frustrated with each other, as you would at 14 months", the charity's CEO Elizabeth Lodge said last month.

She will spend Friday praying and meditating.

"She just wants that quietness and finds it peaceful", Lodge said.

"She still has this extraordinary calmness about her, which is just awesome".

The girls, who were joined from the lower chest to just above the pelvis, arrived in Australia with their mother Bhumchu Zangmo about a month ago. The surgery is expected to last at least six hours. They could stand but only at the same time.

"The muscles in their limbs have not been used so far, because they have not learnt to crawl and do the usual stuff kids at this stage do", Dr. Sherbub explained.

It states that 18-member surgical team of RCH specialists will undertake a long, two-staged process to separate the sisters in the RCH's Theatre 6, the hospital's largest operating space.