Iraqi conjoined twins arrive in Riyadh for possible separation surgery

April 7, 2008

A set of Iraqi conjoined twins has arrived in Riyadh for a possible separation surgery on the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

The twin boys, Iyad and Ziyad, arrived from Irbil on board a Saudi Royal Air Force medical evacuation aircraft accompanied by their parents.

Batteries of tests will be performed on the boys, who share a chest and abdomen, to determine if a separation surgery would be viable. As in previous cases, King Abdullah is funding the boys’ medical and related expenses.