Conjoined Egyptian twins arrive in Riyadh for surgical separation

February 13, 2009

Two conjoined twins from Egypt arrived at Riyadh Airbase on Tuesday in a special Medevac plane to undergo an operation to separate them, Arab News reported today.


The twins, Mahmoud and Hassan, were admitted to the King Abdulaziz Medical City Hospital’s pediatric ward, where they will undergo a series of tests before the surgery.

"It would take a few weeks to complete the medical tests to ascertain the viability of the surgery," said the hospital’s director of medical affairs, Dr. Bandar Al-Ganawi, adding that the authorities still do not know at which points the twins are joined.

The twins’ parents will be provided with food and lodging in the hospital compound until after the surgery.

In the latest such operation at the hospital, two Iraqi twins, Ayad and Zeyad, were separated on Oct. 25 of last year by a medical team headed by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, chief executive officer of the medical city.

The first conjoined twin separation surgery in the Kingdom was performed successfully on Dec. 31, 1990, at Riyadh’s King Faisal Specialist Hospital. Since then, 13 more sets of conjoined twins have been separated.