Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated in Australia surgery

Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated in Australia surgery

Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated in Australia surgery

He said the operation was expected to last around six hours and would involve 18 medical staff divided into two teams, one for each girl.

The surgery to split Nima and Dawa was originally scheduled for last month, but was delayed to guarantee they were in good shape for the grueling operation.

But on Friday afternoon he said once they were able to successfully separate their livers without compromising their health and access the bowel without impediment the surgery was less complicated.

Since then, they have been staying at a property at Kilmore, north of Melbourne, which is run by Children First Foundation, which funded their flights and procedure.

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"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 girls, who were born attached at the torso, shared a liver.

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

The surgeon said the next 24 to 48 hours would be the most critical for the little girls, but the twins will be closely monitored. From that point on, to avoid confusion, Nima was known as "Green" and Dawa as "Red".

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

The delicate procedure took place over six hours and involved about 25 surgeons, nurses and anesthetists, according to CNN affiliate 9 News.

Surgeons have successfully separated conjoined 15-month-old sisters Nima and Dawa following nearly six-hour surgery at the Royal Children's hospital in Melbourne on Friday.

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.

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After they first arrived at the hospital in October, doctors chose to postpone the surgery to allow more time to bolster their nutrition levels. A few of the muscles on her limbs are not developed, because they have not been used. Earlier on Friday, Crameri told the ABC the challenges of the surgery would depend on where the girls were connected, with the team unsure if they shared a bowel.

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