Conjoined Palestinian twins arrive in Riyadh for surgery

April 6, 2010

Conjoined Palestinian twin girls Rittal and Retag bint Yasser Abu Assi arrived in Riyadh aboard a special Saudi Arabian medical evacuation plane from Egypt today upon directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz for preliminary medical examinations at King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City.

The girls, born in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis on March 27, are joined at the chest and sharing a small intestine, Arab News reported today. Each girl has a heart, lungs and other organs, increasing chances they’ll be able to survive separately, Ayman Abu Amouna, the doctor who oversaw their care in Gaza, told the English daily.

The first conjoined twin separation surgery in the Kingdom was performed successfully on December 31, 1990, at Riyadh’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center. Since then, 19 more sets of conjoined twins have been separated.

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