Conjoined twins separated

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DHAKA, Aug 1, 2017 (BSS) – The conjoined twins – Toufa and Tahura – were separated today after six and a half hours of surgery performed by a team of 30 physicians at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

The twins were separated at 2:30pm through the operation that began around 8 in the morning. The doctors separated the babies who were joined at waist by birth sharing the same shared rectum and urinary passage, hospital sources said.

The team of DMCH comprised of doctors from different departments including anesthesia, burn and plastic surgery, orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, radiology and imaging.

“The twins are in stable condition, but we need to be very careful about any infection after the huge operation,” Shahnoor Islam, associate professor at the Paediatric Surgery Department of DMCH, said.

Briefing reporters on the surgery, she said doctors would perform minor surgeries on the babies in the next three to six months for repairing the areas of operation.

The 10-month-old twins were born to Raju Mia and Shahida Begum in Sundarganj Upazila of Gaibandha district. They had been suffering from a medical condition called ‘Pygopagus’ since their birth.

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