Accompanied by their parents, conjoined Iraqi twins arrived in Riyadh on board a Saudi medical evacuation plane in line with directives by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to transport them and bear the expenses of the possibility of their separation at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.
[For more details, see the ‘Conjoined Twins’ web site.]
Dr Abdullah Al-Rabia’a, executive director for health affairs at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City, told reporters last month that the twins will be transported to Riyadh for tests prior to the surgery, which will take place at the King Abdulaziz Medical City.
To date nine sets of conjoined twins have been successfully separated in Saudi Arabia, the most recent six at the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.
Recently, Moroccan conjoined twins were also given approval to begin medical tests before a surgery to separate them, on the instructions of King Abdullah.