Separated twins on way to recovery

October 8, 2012

The parents with the twins for the first time since the success of the separation surgery - Al Sharq

The parents of Reem and Rana, the Saudi conjoined twin sisters who were last week successfully separated through a lengthy and complex surgery, were finally able to touch them and hold their tiny heads and hands.

The twins were on Thursday taken off life support and given their first milk after their conditions became stable, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported.

Dr Abdullah Al Rabeeah, the head of the multidisciplinary team that performed the 13-hour surgery on September 13 at King Abdul Aziz Medical City, said that the twins now had normal moves and responses.

All other symptoms and vital indications showed that the twin sisters were on their way to full recovery.

However, Al Rabeeah, who is also Saudi Arabia’s health minister, said that the twins will not be able to leave the pediatric intensive care unit until next weeks and that they will need a special training programme of up to four weeks.

The parents were elated to be reunited with the twins and expressed their gratitude to King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud for his full support and to the medical team that successfully performed the separation of the twins who, prior to the surgery, shared the lower abdomen and pelvis, a fused urogenital system, lower back and anal canal.

Saudi Arabia has gained an outstanding reputation for surgeries to part conjoined twins.

Reports say that last week’s surgery took the number of successful operations to 30.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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