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.
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.”
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.
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.”