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Afghan Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins
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Afghan Doctors Separate Conjoined Twins

Doctors in Kabul have separated 15-day-old conjoined twin sisters, a surgical first for Afghanistan, said medical charity Chain of Hope.
Five doctors carried out the successful five-hour operation to separate Ayesha and Sidiqa, who had been fused from the abdomen to the pelvis, reports AFP.The girls were born at their parental home in a village in Badakhshan Province and immediately brought to the local hospital, from where they were transferred to the French Medical Institute for Children, co-run by the charity. “The hospital teams can congratulate themselves on this great success, and this new step towards bringing better care to the Afghan population,” the charity said in a statement.
Also known as Siamese twins, conjoined siblings are identical twins who in rare cases, about one in 200,000 live births, are born with their skin and internal organs fused together.

 

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