SYDNEY – Bhutanese conjoined twins Nima and Dawa were recovering well after a surgery to separate them was carried out successfully, hospital sources said on Friday.
The 15-month-old twins had been joined at the torso and shared a liver until their surgery at a children’s hospital in Melbourne.
“We saw two young girls who were very ready for this surgery, who were able to cope very well with the surgery, and are currently in a recovery, doing very well,” Joe Crameri, head of pediatric surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, said in a press briefing after the operation.
Crameri said that there were no surprises during the surgery which was carried out by a team of 25 doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists.
The doctor said that the twins’ liver had been divided “successfully without much bleeding,” adding that the girls would be closely monitored for the next 48 hours and were expected to stay in the hospital for at least a week.
Nima and Dawa Pelden arrived in Australia in October with their mother Bhumchu Zangmo, but doctors decided to wait until they were in a better physical condition to go ahead with the operation.
The twins were born on July 13, 2017 by Caesarean section in a remote region of Bhutan in the first known instance of conjoined twins being born in the small Himalayan country.
The government of Australia’s state of Victoria has offered to pay the costs of the operation and medical treatment, around AU$350,000 ($253,400) while other funds being raised by the charity Children First Foundation will be used for their rehabilitation in Bhutan.
Children First and some members of the hospital’s team of surgeons had contributed to another successful operation in 2009 to separate Bangladeshi conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna.