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Conjoined Gaza twins separated in 'successful' Saudi op

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Conjoined twin girls born in the blockaded Palestinian enclave of the Strip were separated in "successful" in today, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said in a statement.

Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, who headed the team that operated on Farah and Haneen at the King Abdullah Specialist Children's Hospital, "affirmed the success of the separation surgery", SPA said.

The operation began today morning, and involved nine stages of anaesthesia and the separation of multiple organs, including the liver, as well as restoring organs in Haneen.

The comes months after a doctor and family member of the twins pleaded from that they be allowed to go abroad for the complex

Allam Abu Hamda, at Gaza's Shifa Hospital, told AFP in October the girls were born joined at the stomach and pelvis and that the complicated condition could not be dealt with in the enclave.

has maintained a blockade of the enclave for a decade, citing security fears over Gaza's Islamist rulers


who share key organs have a low chance of survival.

Farah and Haneen, whose condition Abu Hamda said was stable, have one shared leg but separate hearts and lungs.

born in in November 2016 later died.

In 2010, from Gaza were transferred to for to separate them, but doctors in said their condition was too delicate to operate and they died.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:35 IST
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