10 months after their birth, a new life begins for Ahmed and Mohammed. Children born to Siamese twins in Yemen’s civil war zone have now been separated from each other in a complex operation in Jordan.
OP, first in Jordan! The children, who grew up together in the upper body, survived well into the eight-hour operation, chief surgeon Fouzi al-Hammuri said Sunday. The intervention of the Jordanian capital Amman had already taken place in July. 25 surgeons and technical consultants were involved.
The attending physicians only announced successful surgery now because the twins, now nearly ten months old, needed intensive care after surgery and were artificially ventilated and fed artificially for a long time. “We wanted to wait until we were one hundred percent sure that everything was going well,” al-Hammuri said.
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The surgeon stressed that separating Siamese twins is a rare and delicate procedure. His victory means “a medical victory for the whole kingdom.” Ahmed and Mohammed are now enjoying “better health”. They can return to Yemen with their parents in two or three weeks.
The twins and their parents were flown from Yemen to Jordan by the United Nations in February. When they arrived, the boys, born in mid-December, weighed only 3.7 kilograms together. The doctors had to wait until she weighed nine kilograms.
Mazda al-Qadib, the clinic director at the time, said it was “urgent” to bring the twins, who had grown up together in the upper body, abroad because of the hospital’s poor equipment in the rebel stronghold of Sanaa. According to their reports, every two children have their own heart, but for one of them the condition is “not normal”.
In Yemen, a six-year war has been raging between the forces of President Abdur Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, and Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels.
Since then tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions have had to flee. In many places health care has completely collapsed. In February 2019, the conjoined twins born in Sanaa died two weeks after birth.
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