For the first time in his life, Nima and Dawa can sleep in separate beds. The 15-month Siamese twins of the Himalayan state of Bhutan have survived well in the operation. As their doctors have said, none of the girls needs intensive medical care or artificial respiration.
"The surgery went smoothly and without surprises," said chief surgeon Joe Crameri shortly after the operation to the British newspaper "Guardian". A team of 25 doctors and nurses at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, worked for about six hours to separate the sisters.
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The Siamese twins Nima and Dawa with the mother before the operation.
The girls had grown together in the upper body and shared a liver. To what extent their intestines had grown together, the doctors could not predict exactly in advance. But according to Crameri, the separation of the viscera did not cause any problems. The biggest challenge was to rebuild the abdominal wall of children.
Together with his mother and his pediatrician, Nima and Dawa had already been to Australia in October. In his native land, Bhutan, there was no way to do the complicated operation. The cost of over € 200,000 will be covered by the state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located. The family itself could not afford the money.
The Siamese twins from Bangladesh had already been successfully separated in the same hospital nine years ago. The operation lasted a total of 38 hours. The children named Trishna and Krishna are living in Australia today.
As Siamese twins, medicine refers to an aberration that develops in the uterus in the early stages of development. Some children only grow superficially together, others share organs or limbs.
The phenomenon takes its name from Chang and Eng Bunker, who were born in Siam in 1811 – largely today's Thailand – and remained together for life.