Two conjoined twins who were born sharing a liver have been successfully separated in Australia.
15-month-old babies Nima and Dawa, from Bhutan, South Asia, underwent a six hour operation on November 9.
The procedure, which required 20 doctors and nurses, divided their shared liver and reconstructed their abdomens.
Nima and Dawa, from Bhutan, South Asia, shared a liver (Picture: AP)Previously, medical experts were not sure if the girls also shared a bowel, which could have complicated surgery.
Michelle Obama says her body ‘buzzed with fury’ over Donald Trump’s ‘assault’ boastsFortunately it was found that the babies’ bowels were a ‘bit intertwined’ but otherwise not connected ‘in any major way’.
‘There weren’t any things inside the girls’ tummies that we weren’t really prepared for,’ Joe Crameri, the head of paediatric surgery at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, said.
‘We saw two young girls who were very ready for their surgery, who were able to cope very well with the surgery and are currently in our recovery doing very well.’
The girls were brought Australia by a charity (Picture: AFP / Getty Images)
The twins could not be separated in Bhutan (Picture: AP)The girls, who were joined from the lower chest to just above the pelvis, arrived in Australia with their mother Bhumchu Zangmo about a month ago.
One dead in Melbourne terror attack as man goes on rampage with a knifeThe family stayed in a retreat outside Melbourne run by the Children First Foundation, a charity which also raised the money to support the Australian surgery.
It is thought the next 24 to 48 hours will be critical to their recovery, but Dr Crameri is optimistic about the outcome, stating that the team feel ‘quietly confident that we will have a good result’.
Their mother Ms Zangmo was described as being ‘smiling, very happy, and grateful’ as a result of the surgery.
It took the team six hours to separate the 15-month-old babies (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
The next 24 to 48 hours will be critical for the twins’ recovery (Picture: AFP/ Getty Images)Doctors in Bhutan had been unable to separate the girls due to a lack in medical expertise in the area.
Elizabeth Lodge of the Children First Foundation also told national broadcaster ABC that the twins had already developed strong personalities before they were separated.
‘Nima’s the robust one. She tends to … always be on the top, pulling rank, as we say, and Dawa’s more placid,’ she said.
‘It will be really interesting to see what will happen once the girls are separated.’
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