The King Fahd National Guard Hospital reported today that a successful operation separating conjoined twins had been carried out by a Saudi team headed by the renowned pediatric surgeon Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah. The operation took eighteen hours. A rare and complex operation like this is performed in only a select few centers around the world, and its success reflects the high level of surgical care within the Kingdom. Both babies are stable, and have now, 48 hours after the operation, been transferred to the intensive care unit. They are conscious, and some of the monitoring devices have already been removed. The Siamese twins were born on November 13, 1997 in the southwest region of Saudi Arabia.