2005 News Story

Conjoined twins from Egypt successfully separated

  Saudi team performing separation surgery on Egyptian conjoined twins, June 25, 2005 [photo courtesy of Arab News]

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has congratulated the 36-member Saudi medical team led by Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabee’a, which yesterday successfully separated conjoined twins from Egypt in a ten-hour operation at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. The twins, who were born at the National Guard Hospital on April 19, were fused in the lower chest and abdomen.

Dr. Al-Rabee’a issued a statement today that the twins, Alaa and Walaa, are stable, and there is no sign of any complication, although they are both still on respirators and receiving sedatives to alleviate pain. They are expected to remain in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for at least two weeks.

This was Dr. Al-Rabee’s tenth separation surgery, and the thirteenth such operation carried out in the Kingdom. Eleven of the previous twelve were completely successful. The most recent was the separation of the Polish twins in early January this year. Details can be viewed at the National Guard’s website on conjoined twins: http://www.conjoinedtwins.med.sa.