2007 News Story

Conjoined twins from Cameroon out of intensive care

Conjoined twins from Cameroon who were successfully separated at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City on April 21 have been discharged from intensive care.

The twin girls, Phambom and Shefbou, were separated in a 10-hour operation performed by a 65-member team, which included 10 Saudi women surgeons.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabi’a, Executive Director of Health Affairs at the hospital and head of the surgical team that operated on the twins, described their condition as stable. The girls are now breathing and eating normally with no problems, and are expected to be released from the hospital in a few weeks, he said.

The girls’ operation was the 13th successful separation surgery performed at the King Abdulaziz Medical City. Since 1990, three sets of Saudi twins were separated, as well as two sets from Sudan and one each from Malaysia, Egypt, the Philippines, Poland, Morocco, Oman and Iraq. The surgeries were all performed on the directive of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.