2007 News Story

Conjoined twins from Cameroon successfully separated

Conjoined twins from Cameroon were successfully separated yesterday at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City, the Arab News reported today.

The 13-month-old twin girls, Phambom and Shefbou, were separated in a 10-hour operation performed by a 65-member team, which included 10 Saudi women surgeons. After the surgery, the girls were transferred to the pediatric department’s ICU.

This is the 13th successful separation surgery performed at the King Abdulaziz Medical City. Since 1990, three sets of Saudi twins were separated, as well as two sets from Sudan and one each from Malaysia, Egypt, the Philippines, Poland, Morocco, Oman and Iraq. The surgeries were all performed on the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.