Conjoined twins successfully separated by surgery in Australia

Kenny Tucker
November 11, 2018

"There weren't any things inside the girls" tummies that we weren't really prepared for, ' Joe Crameri, the head of paediatric surgery at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital, said.

The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa, are joined at the torso and share a liver and possibly a bowel.

"If they don't share much of a connection beyond what we have seen on scans, we should nearly finish by 4pm".

The worst-case scenario would be if the girls shared a component that is vital to both. The charity said in a statement: "Bhumchu has seen her girls and given each a kiss... each sleeping apart for the first time".

Surgeons have successfully separated Bhutanese toddler twins Nima and Dawa following a six hour operation.

Get well soon Nima and Dawa!

On Thursday afternoon, the twins travelled to Melbourne from Kilmore, where they have been staying at the country retreat of the Children First Foundation.

Elizabeth Lodge, from the Australian-based charity said the girl's mother had felt "a little bit scared", but had shown "extraordinary calmness" before the procedure.

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Zangmo would spend the day praying and meditating, she added.

As well as the issues with mobility and comfort, Lodge said the twins had recently been losing weight, which had been a concern to doctors who are now observing them closely.

"We didn't find surprises, we knew the liver would be was divided successfully without any major bleeding".

The doctors planned to split the surgical team in half once the initial separation was complete. 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.

Carers say the twins have improved enormously since they arrived in Melbourne last month, putting on a combined two kilograms and growing in confidence.

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.

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