MOH announced the death of one of the separated Iraqi conjoined twins

August 7, 2010

Minister of Health and chief surgeon Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah today announced that Ruqayyah, one of the Iraqi conjoined twins that were separated 23 days ago, has died Friday at the King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City in Riyadh.

Minister Dr. Al-Rabeeah expressed his deepest condolences to the parents of Ruqayyah and the Iraqi people

Dr. Al-Rabeeah said Ruqqayah had serious pre-existing health problems, including a deformed skull, including Typle III Chiari malformations (CMs), where the brain and cerebellum protruded out of the back of the head.  Ruqqayah condition forced the medical team to separate the twins prior to move up the operation in order to save the life of Zeinab, Dr. Al-Rabeeah said.

Zeinab is reported in stable condition.  On July 26, Dr. Al-Rabeeah reported that Zeinab started breast-feeding with no signs of complications or infections and that she had also started reacting to her parents and the medical staff normally.

 Zainab four days after surgery

Zainab and Ruqayyah Naseer, were born June 5 in Najaf, Iraq. They had problems with their digestive and reproductive systems.  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz in early July has directed that the pair be brought to the Kingdom for possible separation surgery.

Dr. Al-Rabeeah has performed 28 successful surgeries at King Abdulaziz National Guard Medical City on conjoined twins from 16 countries, including another set of Iraqi conjoined twins who were separated in 2006.