2006 News Story

Moroccan conjoined twins improving after separation surgery

  Elham gets a smile from her father (Photo courtesy of Arab News)

Moroccan conjoined twins Hafsah and Elham remain stable 48 hours after their separation surgery at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City.

Dr Abdullah Al-Rabea, executive director for health affairs at the King Abdulaziz Medical City and head of the surgical team who separated the twins, said that the two girls are improving. They are now breathing on their own, and have woken up from the anesthesia. They are able to recognize their mother with smiles and cries.

Dr Al-Rabea said that all vital organs are stable, and that there are no signs of infection. The girls’ bowels have gradually started functioning, and they should begin bottle-feeding with a day or two.

Since 1990, Dr Al-Rabea and his 25-member medical team have performed 10 successful operations to separate conjoined twins from countries around the world, including Saudi Arabia (three sets of twins), Sudan (two sets), Egypt (two sets), Malaysia (one set), the Philippines (one set) and Poland (one set). They all survived and are leading normal lives in their respective countries.