Surgeons in Australia separate conjoined girls from Bhutan

11 November, 2018, 04:30 | Author: Kara Nash
  • Conjoined twins to undergo life-changing separation surgery at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital

Crameri said there were no major problems with the bowel attachment.

The pair were joined at the torso and shared a liver, but turned out not to share part of their bowel, as the doctors once believed.

"It is a relief and it's also a joy", Dr Crameri said following the operation.

Once the girls' internal organs were separated, the incisions will be closed over using skin, muscle and fat.

They headed into the theatre at 8am on Friday, with doctors administering the anaesthestic about 8.45am.

Get well soon Nima and Dawa!

Elizabeth Lodge, from the charity, said Ms Zangmo had felt "a little bit scared", but had shown "extraordinary calmness" before the procedure.

Their mother Bhumchu Zangmo was understandably nervous before the operation, but spent today praying and meditating at a Buddhist temple.

"The greatest challenge was what we were going to find once we went into the abdomen", he said.


"She still has this extraordinary calmness about her, which is just wonderful". "There's nothing better in any operation to be able to go to the parents and say we have been able to take care of your child", he said.

A team of 18 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists were involved in the procedure.

The doctors planned to split the surgical team in half once the initial separation was complete. Moving the twins to separate theatres after the split was considered, but ruled out as being too hard. Bhutan's only paediatrician, who has always been involved in the girls' care, travelled to Melbourne to watch the surgery.

Dr Sherub first met the girls when they were only a day old and played a major role in getting the twins to Australia, having already spent time in the country as the victor of a medical scholarship.

Life-changing surgery to separate conjoined Bhutanese twins Nima and Dawa in Melbourne has been successful.

"Especially Dawa, as she has not been moving much".

"The muscles in their limbs have not been used so far, because they have not learnt to crawl and do the usual stuff kids at this stage do", Dr. Sherbub explained.

"Nima is just now trying to stand up and walk".

Doctors at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne had hoped the procedure would be straightforward, but said it would be impossible to know until the procedure began.

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