CMH successfully separates conjoined twins

DHAKA, Conjoined twins Rabeya and Rukaya who were born with joint heads, have been separated after a successful operation at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the city.

The 33 hours long surgery, which separated their skulls and brains, ended on Friday where more than hundred surgeons and anesthetists from home and abroad took part, said an ISPR press release here today.

With the support of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Defenceless People Foundation (ADPF), an agency of the Hungarian government, the operation of conjoined twins was carried out.

Experts from Hungary, the Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute, the Heart Foundation, the National Institute of Neurosciences and Hospital, the Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital and the Dhaka Shishu Hospital took part in the very intricate surgery.

Chief Coordinator of the Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute Dr Samanta Lal Sen coordinated the surgery.

According to ADPF, Rabeya and Rukaya, from the rural northwestern district of Pabna, were stated to be 'stable after the final separation'.

The threeyearold twins suffered from a rare embryological disorder affecting an estimated one in every five to six million births.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)