Conjoined twins, 15-month-old girls, were separated in an intense six-hour surgery in Australia on Friday. Over two dozen doctors successfully separated the girls.
Nima and Dawa Pelden were connected at the torso and shared a liver. Before the surgery, doctors at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital were unsure if the two also shared a bowel — which would have been an added complication.
“We always felt confident that we could achieve this,” lead surgeon Joe Crameri said at a news conference. “But we just did not know what we would find.”
A team of about 25 clinicians, including the Bhutan pediatrician who had treated the girls since birth, successfully separated the baby girls, dividing their liver. The girls did not happen to share a bowel.
Crameri said the babies are now recovering “well” and breathing independently.
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