Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Conjoined twin girls successfully separated after six-hour surgery

Conjoined twin girls successfully separated after six-hour surgery


"It will be really interesting to see what will happen once the girls are separated."


"We have been able to remove their breathing tubes so they are breathing independently and that was a very important step after the operation", Crameri said.

Nima and Dawa face each other, and can not sit down together.

The girls were known to share a liver, but could also share part of the bowel, which would complicate the surgery, Crameri said, but added that the chance for a successful operation was "looking very positive".

The cost of the flights and accommodation was covered by the Children First Foundation, an Australian-based charity that gives children from developing countries access to specialist surgeries and medical care.

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

Born via a caesarean section a year ago, the girls are believed to be Bhutan's first conjoined twins.

Dr Karma Sherub, a pediatric surgeon with JDWNRH, who is now in Melbourne said that the twins look good and have become strong and healthy.

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Elizabeth Lodge, from the charity, said Ms Zangmo had felt "a little bit scared", but had shown "extraordinary calmness" before the procedure. From that point on, to avoid confusion, Nima was known as "Green" and Dawa as "Red".

She will spend Friday praying and meditating. "She tends to. always be on the top, pulling rank, as we say, and Dawa's more placid", she said.

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

They were separated after a marathon 27-hour surgery, despite doctors initially giving them only a 25% chance of making it.

Surgeons in Australia Friday began a complex operation to separate 15-month-old Bhutanese conjoined twins Nima and Dawa Pelden.

Dr Sherub first met the girls when they were only a day old and played a major role in getting the twins to Australia, having already spent time in the country as the victor of a medical scholarship. They were originally supposed to undergo surgery last month, but it was postponed at the last minute. A few of the muscles on her limbs are not developed, because they have not been used.

As the public eagerly waits for good news, the Royal Children's Hospital is not expected to release any information about the progress of the operation until 4pm on Friday, with Dr Crameri to give his first update on the girls early on Saturday morning.

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