Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Conjoined twins flown to Melbourne for surgery successfully separated

Conjoined Bhutanese Twins Who Share Liver To Undergo Separation Surgery Conjoined twins to undergo life-changing separation surgery at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital
Celia Hoffman | 09 November, 2018, 11:06

A team of medical experts emerged from theatre on Friday afternoon after the six-hour procedure, proudly declaring that the 15-month-old girls, who were joined at the torso and shared a liver, had been separated.

Scans are inconclusive. The bowel could be shared, or could be mixed up.

From that point on, to avoid confusion, Nima was known as "Green" and Dawa as "Red". "I feel quietly confident that we are going to find something we can deal with in a very straightforward manner, that's what I'm hoping", he said.

Once the girls' internal organs were separated, the incisions will be closed over using skin, muscle and fat.

During the operation, the twins' mother planned to wait at a Buddhist temple and pray.

Doctors had been concerned that the sisters may share a bowel, but discovered that they were not.

The girls and their mother spent the past month at a retreat outside Melbourne run by the Children First Foundation, which raised money to bring the family to Australia for the surgery. All the doctors, nurses and surgical equipment assigned to each girl were also colour-coded.

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She will spend Friday praying and meditating. "This morning she used the word happy, yesterday she said she was a little bit scared and just pleased that today is finally here", Lodge told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

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

The sisters are in recovery and breathing independently following the operation which involved a team of up to 25 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists. Moving the twins to separate theatres after the split was considered, but ruled out as being too hard. They could stand but only at the same time.

Surgeons have successfully separated Bhutanese toddler twins Nima and Dima.

"Especially Dawa, as she has not been moving much".

A photograph released by the hospital showed four surgeons carefully lifting one of the twins away from the other on the operating table as the pair began their independent lives. "We keep making guesses as to how long this will take, but the reality is until the operation starts and ultimately we get to see what is connecting the girls, we won't really know how long", said Joe Crameri, Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital's head of pediatric surgery.

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