Conjoined Yemeni twins Salman and Abduallah were separated on Thursday in a successful operation carried out in Saudi Arabia, local media reported.
Each twin is undergoing a reconstruction surgery following the separation, in phase also deemed critical, Al Arabiya reported. It added that the twins were conjoined in the abdomen and pelvis area.
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The separation process began in the morning at King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital in Riyadh by a medical team led by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Rabeeah, Adviser to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.
Al-Rabeeah told the state-affiliated al-Ekhbariya channel that Thursday’s operation was the 55th case in a series of operations that have been taking place in the Kingdom since 1990.
الفريق الطبي السعودي يصل إلى مراحل متقدمة في عملية فصل التوأم السيامي اليمني “عبدالله” و “سلمان”#السعودية@NawafAzizN pic.twitter.com/7nwnx7yjnX— العربية السعودية (@AlArabiya_KSA) February 16, 2023
“We are happy of this success,” al-Rabeeah told the channel, thanking Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support. Al-Rabeeah also thanked the accompanying team for their work and commitment.
After the separation, Youssef al-Malihi, the twins’ father, thanked al- Rabeeah for his work and gave him a warm hug.
“We trust Dr. Rabeeah and his team These successes are nothing new to them,” al-Malihi told Al Arabiya.
“We [truly] appreciate their effort.”
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