Conjoined Twin Baby Girls Separated After Six-Hour Surgery

A medical team performs surgery in an operating room.

Conjoined 15-month-old Bhutanese girls were successfully separated in Australia on Friday after an intense six-hour surgery, The Australian reported.

Doctor’s at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital went into the operation knowing Nima and Dawa Pelden were connected at the torso and shared a liver, but were unsure of what they would find upon starting the surgery that could lead to complications, such as if the girls shared a bowel. The twins went into the operating room at 8 a.m. and finished before 4 p.m., which was well before the surgical team expected.

“We are here earlier because there weren’t anything inside the girls’ tummies that we weren’t really prepared for,” lead surgeon Dr. Joe Cramieri said during a post-surgery news conference that began being assembled at 2:30 p.m., and noted that the surgery was not a “land of surprises.”

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