Conjoined twins surgery success in Melb

Maricruz Casares
Noviembre 9, 2018

Nima and Dawa, and their mother Bhumchu Zangmo, arrived in Australia a month ago with the help of an Australian charity but doctors had delayed the surgery until Friday to ensure the twins were well-enough nourished to support the operation.

"While it was all swimming next to one another, it wasn't connected in any major way, " he said.

Conjoined Bhutanese sisters were separated in a six-hour operation at an Australian hospital on Friday (Nov 9) and the lead surgeon said he was quietly confident the infants would recover successfully.

Dr Karma Sherub, a pediatric surgeon with JDWNRH, who is now in Melbourne said that the twins look good and have become strong and healthy.

Since then, they have been staying at a property at Kilmore, north of Melbourne, which is run by Children First Foundation, which funded their flights and procedure.

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, and doctors planned to administer the anaesthestic about 8.45am. The girls are expected to remain in hospital for at least a week, Crameri said.

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Ms Zangmo was said to be "very relieved" by the result of the surgery.

The sisters are in recovery and breathing independently following the operation which involved a team of up to 25 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists.

The surgical team will also split in half once the initial separation is complete.

About 18 people were in the operating theatre - including Bhutanase paediatric surgeon Dr Karma Sherub, who flew into Melbourne this week.

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. A few of the muscles on her limbs are not developed, because they have not been used. "She's struggling because Dawa is holding her back".

"We keep making guesses as to how long this will take, but the reality is until the operation starts and ultimately we get to see what is connecting the girls, we won't really know how long", said Joe Crameri, Melbourne Royal Children's Hospital's head of pediatric surgery.

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