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Conjoined Bhutanese twins undergo separation surgery

IANS  |  Melbourne 

Surgeons in on Friday began a complex operation to separate 15-month-old Bhutanese and Pelden.

The girls are joined at the torso and share a liver and possibly a bowel, their doctor said, adding "our challenge will be to reconstruct their abdominal walls to close it over", the reported.

"What we will be looking for is simply what bits actually connect the two girls together," told reporters on Friday.

He said they would separate the liver, but there was one "unknown" --whether the girls shared a bowel. If it was, it would also be divided, he said.

and face each other, and cannot sit down together. They can stand if they do so at the same time, the said.

About 18 specialists in two teams, one for each girl, are taking part in the procedure at The surgery is expected to last at least six hours.

The girls and their mother, Bhumchu Zangmo, 38, were brought to in October from by Children First Foundation, an Australian-based charity.

However, it was postponed so the girls could improve their nutrition. Doctors said they were confident the twins were now ready for the operation.

Their mother was feeling "a little bit scared" about the procedure, but had shown "extraordinary calmness" so far, the quoted from the charity as saying.

Zangmo would spend the day praying and meditating, she added.

The state of has offered to cover the $255,000 cost of the operation.

are very rare -- it is thought one in every 200,000 births -- and around 40-60 per cent of these births are delivered stillborn.

Only a few separations are carried out around the world each year.

In 2009, the same hospital performed a successful operation to separate Bangladeshi -- Trishna and Krishna, who were joined at the head. They underwent a life-saving 32-hour long surgery.



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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 09:28 IST