Conjoined twins before, during and after surgery 1
Surgeons in Australia on Friday successfully separated conjoined twins from Bhutan in a delicate operation lasting almost six hours.
The 15-month-old girls, Nima and Dawa, were joined from the lower chest to just above the pelvis, and shared a liver.
Doctors at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital also went into the procedure unsure if the girls shared a bowel, with the hospital's head of paediatric surgery, Dr Joe Crameri, warning little could be known for certain about the difficulty of the operation until it was underway.
However, the 18-strong operating team emerged in the mid-afternoon declaring the procedure had been a success.
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