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Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated In 8-Hour Operation (Photos)

Three-month-old twins joined at their abdomen and chest have been successfully separated by doctors in Barara, Ambala district, India.

Sisters Jannat and Mannat were born on August 27, since that time the girls were insepable and it’s all because of their rare condition known as omphalopagus. It means the children’s bodies fused at the lower abdomen. Luckily, the twins’ have their hearts and other vital organs separate that allowed doctors to operate them.

Conjoined sisters Jannat and Mannat were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver when they were born

Conjoined sisters Jannat and Mannat were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver when they were born

Dr Ravi Kanojia, associate professor at the department of paediatric surgery and the surgeon who led the team, said: “This is a rare case scenario and a surgeon would be fortunate to see a couple of cases in his or her lifetime. This is the first time such a surgery has been successfully carried out at the PGIMER.”

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Surgeons at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in India successfully operated on sisters Jannat and Mannat to separate their liver

After a series of various tests the doctors decided to divide the girls as soon as possible. At the moment of surgery the girls jointly weiged a tiny 4kg 100g and any delay could have hindered their growth. It took 30 members of highly professional team that worked for eight hours to separate the twins.

Doctors successfully separated the sisters, who shared a liver, during an operation in India last week

Doctors successfully separated the sisters, who shared a liver, during an operation in India last week

Their thankful father, Mohammad Saleem, who can’t afford speacial treatment for his daughters, said: “The doctors at PGI were my last hope and nobody could have attended the twins better than the doctors at this hospital.” His wife, Sonia, added: “We have been worried about our children for the last three months but God answered our prayers.”

It was the first time the surgical team at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India had performed an operation to separate conjoined twins

It was the first time the surgical team at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India had performed an operation to separate conjoined twins

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Eventually, the sisters were able to start living independently on November 23. The twins were expected to be discharged from hospital soon. Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. Approximately half are stillborn, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours. Most live births are female, most stillborns are male.

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