Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Medical | By Vicki Mclaughlin

Conjoined twins successfully separated by surgery in Australia

Conjoined twins successfully separated by surgery in Australia

Fourteen-month-old twins Nima and Dawa Pelden from Bhutan were admitted to Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital for the delicate procedure on Friday.

Twins Nima and Dawa were born conjoined, but spent their first moments apart Friday after a miracle surgery at an Australian hospital to separate them. Crameri said he was not able to determine the extent to which their organs were connected ahead of the surgery.

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

The twins were born in Bhutan, a tiny Asian kingdom of less than a million people, and were actually the first set of conjoined twins in the country's history.

After they first arrived at the hospital in October, doctors chose to postpone the surgery to allow more time to bolster their nutrition levels.

The charity's chief executive Elizabeth Lodge said the toddlers' mother Bhumchu Zangmo was feeling "a little bit scared" about the operation, but was otherwise in good spirits.

She also revealed that the twins have unique personalities, despite literally being joined at the hip.

According to Herald Sun, a newspaper based in Melbourne, Nima and Dawa would be taken for surgery after 8am (Melbourne time) on Novermber 9, where they will be known as Green and Red to avoid mix ups.

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

The worst-case scenario would be if the girls shared a component that is vital to both.

"We always felt confident that we could achieve this", Dr Crameri said.

Most of the surgery involved reconstructing each girl's abdomen after they were divided.

The twins were brought to Australia from the Himalayas' Bhutan for the surgery earlier this month, but the procedure had been delayed as a result of assessments.

"They're more than patients to me, they're like a family", he told a local news radio station.

The girls were successfully separated after a six-hour operation at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. A few of the muscles on her limbs are not developed, because they have not been used.

"They may need extensive rehabilitation and all the help they need to catch up on whatever they've lost".

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