Syrian conjoined twins separated in Riyadh

April 9, 2010

A surgery to separate a Syrian girl from her conjoined parasitic twin was successfully performed in Riyadh yesterday, in line with the directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. In a statement following the operation, Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, who heads the medical team in charge of the operation, reported, “The child’s condition is stable after a successful operation to separate her from her parasitic twin.”

Dr. Al-Rabeeah’s team was also planning to surgically separate two conjoined Palestinian girls, who were brought from Gaza to the King Abdulaziz Medical City for the National Guard on Wednesday. However, extensive tests showed that the lives of the Siamese twins would be endangered by the operation. He explained to the press that the girls have inherited serious defects of the heart, liver and digestive system, making separation impossible.