Moroccan conjoined twins successfully separated in Riyadh

July 13, 2008

Conjoined twins from Morocco were successfully separated at the National Guard’s King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh Saturday.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabi’a, Executive Director of Health Affairs at the hospital and head of the 24-member surgical team that performed the operation, said that the twin girls are in stable condition and have been transferred to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

The nine-hour surgery was carried out in seven stages, Al-Rabi’a said. The twins shared a liver and a digestive system.

The girls, Safa and Marwa, were brought to the Kingdom in April of this year. As in previous cases, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz funded the surgery and related expenses.

It is the 19th successful separation surgery to be performed at KAMC. A set of Iraqi conjoined twins are scheduled for separation surgery during the holy month of Ramadan, which this year falls in September.

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