A team of medical personnel, including 30 specialists, have successfully separated conjoined Saudi twins at King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City in Riyadh on Friday. The medical team headed by Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Rabeeah successfully separated the conjoined twins, Abdullah and Salman, in a 9-hour operation.
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ordered the transfer of the then-pregnant mother from Bisha in the southern part of the Kingdom, who was suffering medical complications, to undergo a cesarean section at the King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City in Riyadh. The mother arrived at the medical center July 28 and a caesarean section was performed on August 7, 2012. Minister Dr. Rabeeah said that twins Abdullah and Salman were conjoined in the chest, abdominal area and the heart and liver membranes. The twins suffer from birth defects in their urinary system as well; Abduallah in particular was being treated to ensure the stability of his urinary system Preliminary diagnosis shows that the surgery has a 70 percent possibility of success..
The King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City is world renowned for its successful separation of a record 31 conjoined twins from Cameroon, Egypt, Iraq, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The medical center has also treated a total of 63 twins from 17 countries.
Prior to his appointment as Minister of Health in 2009, Dr. Al-Rabeeah was the chief executive officer of the King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City.