DHAKA – A team of doctors at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital in Bangladesh have been discussing the possibility of operating on twins conjoined at the head, medical staff said on Friday.
It would entail highly complex surgery and doctors have sought help from medical experts abroad.
Ruhul Amin, chief pediatric surgeon at the hospital, told EFE it was a complicated medical issue and it would be the first time that a surgical operation of this kind be performed within the Asian nation.
He said a meeting of experts had been convened on Monday to decide if the surgery can be performed.
“We are yet to know if the babies share the same brain or they have separate brains,” he said.
He said they had asked for medical advice from experts abroad, but were yet to receive any significant response.
Rafiqul Islam, father of the twins Rabeya and Rukiya, a school teacher by profession, told EFE that the children were born healthy through caesarian operation in northern Pabna district on July 16, 2016, and the possibility of separating them was also discussed at that time.
“We spent 15 days at the hospital, but doctors said a surgery would be too risky until they turn one-year or one-and-half year,” said the father, explaining the reason for them to come back to the hospital this week.
He also said the doctors never told them they were going to have twins, and were only told that the size of baby’s head was bigger than normal.
“We were a bit upset when we saw two babies born with one head,” said Rafiqul, adding that they do not have any feeding problems, and the twins behave like normal babies, except when one sleeps the other stays awake and if one laughs, the other one cries.
It is not the first case of Siamese twins being born in Bangladesh.
In November 2015, two children with two heads and one single body were born, but they died shortly after birth as it was impossible to perform surgery on them.
In 2009, two 3-year-old Bangladeshi girls born conjoint at the head were successfully separated in a hospital in Australia.