Posted by Rafiq A. Tschannen
The twins from the Baha region were successfully separated at the King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard Health Affairs (KAMCNGHA ) in the Saudi capital on Thursday.
The 13-hour surgery was carried out by a multidisciplinary team headed by Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah. The surgical team comprised 28 members covering anesthesia, pediatrics, urology, orthopedics, plastic surgery and nursing.
“The twins are in a stable condition without any sign of complications and all vital organs are functioning normally,” Al-Rabeeah said here yesterday. He added that the separated infants are currently on an artificial respirator and will be eased off gradually.
“They will continue to be intravenously fed for the next few days,” Al-Rabeeah said.
The twins are currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and are expected to remain there for the next two weeks. They will then be transferred to the general ward to begin rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
Prior to the surgery, the twins shared the lower abdomen and pelvis, fused uro-genital system, lower back and had one anal canal.
Al-Rabeeah said the surgery was the 30th to separate conjoined twins in the Kingdom.
The separation surgery was performed on a special directive from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. The king on Friday congratulated the medical team on the successful surgery.
The minister thanked the king and Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman, minister of defense, and the Saudi people for their appreciation of the achievement. Al-Rabeeah also conveyed the commendations of Prince Salman to the medical team and the commander of the National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister of state and Cabinet member, for the success of the surgery.
Besides Health Minister Al-Rabeeah’s over all supervision, the surgeons who headed the respective teams were Dr. Mohammed Al-Jammal (anesthesia), Al-Rabeeah (pediatrics), Dr. Abdullah Al-Thunayan (plastic surgery), Dr. Ahmed Al-Shammari (pediatrics urology), Dr. Hisham Al-Shalaan (pediatrics radiology) and Connie Chan (nursing coordinator).