Yemen: Conjoined twins successfully separated in Saudi Arabia

The twin girls were born conjoined to the lower chest and abdomen

Riyadh: A team of doctors in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Thursday successfully separated Yemeni conjoined twins Mawaddah and Rahma, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The 3-month-old twins were born conjoined to the lower chest and abdomen, and according to examinations, share liver and intestines, and are suspected to be attached by a heart membrane.

In May 2022, following the instructions of King Salman, twins were brought to Riyadh.

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The surgery started in the morning at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital in the King Abdulaziz Medical City of the Ministry of National Guard in Riyadh under the leadership of Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah.

The operation time was shortened from 11 hours to 5 hours by 28 Saudi doctors, specialists, and nurses who performed the delicate surgical procedures.

The surgery was performed in six stages: anaesthesia, preparations, initiation of the resection process, resection of the liver and intestine, repositioning of the organs, and covering.

The head of the medical and surgical team in the operations of separating conjoined twins, Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, expressed his happiness in spreading the good news of achieving the 52nd achievement that is added to the Kingdom’s achievements.

Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, that the operation took place was easy in all its stages. There were no complications and the twins are in very good health.

Hudhayfa bin Abdullah Noaman, the father of the twins, extended his thanks and gratitude to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince – for sponsoring the humanitarian work. He also expressed his gratitude to the specialized medical team who successfully operated and separated the twins. Additionally, he praised the humanitarian work done by the Kingdom.

With the completion of the operation to separate the conjoined twins Mawaddah and Rahmah, the total number of operations carried out under the Saudi plan to separate conjoined twins has reached 52. It includes more than 124 twins from 23 countries.

In May, doctors in Saudi Arabia separated conjoined twins from war-torn Yemen after a “complicated” 15-hour operation, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported then.

The boys, Yussef and Yassin, were “conjoined in several organs,” and about 24 doctors were involved in the operation to separate them, SPA said.

The SPA reported that one of the twins died on the second day of surgery due to a severe drop in blood circulation and heart failure, despite the full medical care provided to him.

This initiative is an extension of the great humanitarian efforts made by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to alleviate human suffering everywhere.

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