Conjoined twins successfully separated at CMH

FE Online Desk | Published: August 03, 2019 14:35:52 | Updated: August 11, 2019 15:04:22

In this Jan. 7, 2019 photograph provided by Action for Defenceless People Foundation, Hungarian doctors Gergely Pataki, left, and Andras Csokay pose together with Rabeya and Rukaya, two Bangladeshi girls who were born conjoined at the head in Budapest, Hungary - Miklos Bemer/Action for Defenceless People Foundation via AP

Bangladeshi twins who were born conjoined at the head have been successfully separated in a 33-hour surgery ending on Friday at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital.

The three-year-old sisters named Rabeya and Rukaya were operated by a medical team led by 35 Hungarian doctors.

The twins were in stable condition after the final separation, said CMH authorities, adding that surgically separating conjoined twins is a complex procedure and the success rate is low.

The medical team of a Hungarian charity, Action for Defenceless People Foundation, was led by Dr Andras Csokay from Budapest’s Honved Hospital.

Three operations were needed to separate the girls, according to local and global media reports.  

The first phase, including groundbreaking work to separate the blood flow of the brains, was conducted by a Hungarian team led by István Hudák in Bangladesh in August 2018.

Earlier this year, preparatory surgery to separate the twins was performed in Hungary.

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