Saudi team to separate Yemeni conjoined twins in 11-hour surgery

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The Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday that the King Abdullah children’s hospital in Saudi Arabia will conduct an 11-hour-long surgery to separate conjoined twins.

Named Mawaddah and Ramah, the Yemeni twins will undergo the six-stage procedure in King Abdulaziz Medical City at the Ministry of National Guard in Riyadh.

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At least 28 doctors and specialists will participate in the procedure, in addition to technicians and nursing cadres.

The female twins were born connected through the lower chest and abdomen areas.

Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. A very rare phenomenon, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births.

In May, doctors in Saudi Arabia separated conjoined twins from war-torn Yemen after a “complicated” 15-hour operation, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported then.

The boys, Yussef and Yassin, were “conjoined in several organs,” and some 24 doctors were involved in the operation to separate them, SPA said.

The SPA reported that one of the twins died on the second day of surgery due to a severe drop in blood circulation and heart failure, despite the full medical care provided to him.

Saudi Arabia regularly performs surgeries to separate conjoined twins from Yemen.

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