The one-year-old twin girls in Israel, who were put together behind the head, have been successfully separated through an elaborate operation – so that they can finally look at each other
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Surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twin girls who were fused together at the back of their heads.
The one-year-old sisters can now see each other for the first time after having turned away from each other for the first year of their lives.
The babies should be healthy and well after the arduous 12-hour procedure.
Cute pictures showed the tiny twins, who were not named, separated and finally able to look at each other.
British surgeons were involved in the exceptionally rare operation to separate the twins last Thursday.
Experts assume that the tricky procedure has only been carried out around 20 times worldwide.
Soroka Medical Center)
The girls were separated at Soroka University Medical Center in Be’er Sheva – the same hospital where they were born last August – with the help of experts from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London.
Corresponding Sky news, the procedure included a skull reconstruction and scalp transplants and followed months of planning – including the creation of a simulation of a 3D virtual reality model of the twins.
Eldad Silberstein, the hospital’s plastic surgery director, told Channel 12 Israeli News, “You are recovering well. You breathe and eat on your own.”
Dr. Owase Jeelani, Pediatric Neurosurgeon at GOSH added, “It went very well, I’m delighted with how well the whole team did, it’s an excellent team here and it’s been a great pleasure to be part of it.”
Soroka Medical Center)
According to Jerusalem Post, the procedure required a team of 50 experts, all of whom were present at the hospital on the day of the operation.
They first planned how the surgery would be performed using 3D imaging and virtual reality technology.
They modeled how they would separate the blood vessels, meninges, skull bones, and skin of the Siamese twins.
In the months leading up to the surgery, medical professionals would then equip the babies with skin and tissue extenders to create the excess skin needed to close the scalp after the separation.
During the complex operation, the surgeons had to separate and seal blood vessels, then split and reconstruct the girls’ skull bones.
After successfully separating the twins’ skulls, they closed their skin.
According to a study published last year by the University of California’s UC Davis Health, only about one in 2.5 million births results in Siamese “craniopagus” twins.
The little ones should now recover well from their major operation with their parents.
The successful operation follows the separation of British twins Safa and Marwa Ullah in 2019.
The twins, born in January 2017, were connected to the top of the head with separate brains and a cylindrical common skull and faced in opposite directions.
They were separated at GOSH, and as of July 2019, their parents publicly stated that they were staying healthy and well.
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