Conjoined twins arrive in Australia for a delicate separation surgery

Conjoined twins arrive in Australia for a delicate separation surgery
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14-month-old conjoined twins Nima and Dawa have landed in Melbourne for marathon surgery to separate them. The girls are from the Himalayan nation of Bhutan and their mother says they’re starting to get cranky with each other.

The twins are joined at their lower chest and stomach and have been losing weight, prompting doctors to organise the mercy dash.

Royal Children’s Hospital surgeons will attempt to separate conjoined baby twins after a year-long effort to rescue the girls from one of the world’s most isolated regions in the Himalayas.

Premier Daniel Andrews says the government will speak to the Royal Children’s Hospital about whether it could “step in and make a contribution on behalf of all Victorians”.