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Surgeons in Australia successfully separate conjoined twins from Bhutan

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ABOVE: Conjoined twins from Bhutan were separated at an Australian hospital Friday in a complex operation that divided their shared liver and reconstructed their abdomens – Nov 9, 2018

SYDNEY, Australia — Conjoined twins from Bhutan were separated at an Australian hospital Friday in a delicate, complex operation that divided their shared liver and reconstructed their abdomens.

The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa, were doing well after the surgery that lasted almost six hours, said Joe Crameri, the head of pediatric surgery at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

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The girls were joined from the lower chest to just above the pelvis. They shared a liver, but doctors started the procedure unsure if they also shared a bowel. Crameri said there were no major problems with the bowel attachment. He said the major challenge had been to reconstruct the twins’ abdomens. 

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Crameri said the girls would be closely monitored and that his team felt “quietly confident that we will have a good result.”

He added that the girls’ mother, Bhumchu Zangmo, was “smiling, very happy, and grateful.”

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