Condition of separated twins improving

Staff Correspondent

3 August, 2017 12:00 AM printer

The condition of the conjoined twins, who were separated through a lengthy surgery at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Tuesday, improved as their mother breast-fed them on Wednesday, hospital sources said.  


Shahnoor Islam, an associate professor at DMCH Paediatric Surgery Department, also confirmed this to daily sun.   


However, doctors of DMCH Pediatric Surgery Department at a press briefing at the hospital on Wednesday said that they would make comments whether Tofa and Tahura are out of danger after 48 hours of their operation.   


DMCH director Brig Gen Mizanur Rahman, Dr Shahnoor and other doctors addressed the press briefing.


As per press briefing, the twin sisters have been kept at the post-operative room where they will remain for 10 days for close observation.


“There will be some minor surgeries after three to six months, depending on the infants’ health,” it said.


On Tuesday, a 24-member team of doctors, aided by nurses and support staffers, successfully operated on the conjoined twins. The ‘pioneering surgery’ was the first of its kind in the country.


Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in the mother’s womb. It is an extremely rare phenomenon. Two babies joined at the pelvis are even rarer. Doctors say such cases are called pygopagus conjoined twins.


The babies, each weighing 5kg, were joined from the back to below their waist. They shared one anus.