Surgery to separate Saudi conjoined twins postponed

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Separating Saudi conjoined twins Sheikha and Shumukh, which was scheduled for Thursday morning has been postponed following the twins’ sudden increase in body temperature.

Doctor Abdullah Al-Rabiah, the head of the medical team, confirmed that the operation has been postponed until the twins’ health situation stabilizes so the surgery can be performed.

The surgery comes in compliance with the directions of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to separate the twins at the King Abdullah Specialist Children’s Hospital in King Abdulaziz Medical City.

According to Dr. Rabiah, the twins Sheikha and Shumukh are four-month-old girls. Each one weighs 5.2 kilograms, and they are joined at the lower abdomen and pelvis area. They both have full limbs and share the pelvic area, the lower digestive system and the urinary and reproductive system.

Dr. Rabiah expects the surgery to last for 12 hours with seven stages in which around 25 doctors and specialists in addition to technicians and nurses will participate.

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