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Yemeni twins arrive in Riyadh for emergency surgery under humanitarian program

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Parasitic conjoined twins from Yemen have arrived in Saudi Arabia to receive specialist medical treatment under a humanitarian program offered by the Kingdom, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

The twins and their parents arrived at King Salman Airbase on Tuesday, and were taken to King Abdullah Specialist Hospital for Pediatrics to be considered for separation surgery. If the operation goes ahead, it will be the 49th separation surgery performed by the Saudi National Program for Separating Conjoined Twins.

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A conjoined twin becomes parasitic when it stops developing in the fetus, and can present severe health problems to the fully developed twin, once born.

The parents and the head of the medical team, Dr Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabia’ah, extended thanks to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for launching the humanitarian initiative intended to provide medical treatment to people from poorer countries

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