Australian Doctors Yet To Set Surgery Date For Bhutanese Twins Nima And Dawa

Email

Doctors are expected to get a better idea next week as to whether and when the surgery can proceed.

Royal Children's Hospital Director of anaesthesia and pain management Dr Ian McKenzie with twins Nima and Dawa. (Source: RCH)

 

By Kinley Yangden | Bhutan Times

Bhutan's first recorded conjoined twins, Nima and Dawa Pelden, have undergone a series of health tests in Australia, where they are expected to undergo surgery to be separated.

However, doctors have yet to determine a surgery date, although they remain optimistic that the 14-month-old twins will be successfully separated, reported Australian media SBS.

Doctors are expected to get a better idea next week as to whether and when the surgery, which is expected to take up to eight hours, can proceed.

The procedure will include splitting the girls' shared liver.

"They're pretty small, they're fragile and we'll be taking the best care we can," lead anaesthetist, Dr Ian McKenzie said at a media conference Thursday.

"We expect it should go very well."

Nima and Dawa's MRI scans taken at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne have helped to provided a clearer picture to surgeons on what organs they share. The girls also underwent blood and general health tests.

Dr McKenzie also said they need to ensure that the twins did not get a "surprise illness we haven't thought of, that might not be very common here".

Anxious mother

According to SBS, the twins' mother Bhumchu Zangmo expressed through an interpreter that she hoped the surgery would happen soon.

"So the girls can get on, in her mind, a normal life and hopefully get home," she said.

The Herald Sun reported that she was extremely worried when the test procedures stretched for four hours and she burst into tears when her daughters had their first anaesthetic.

"I love and care for them now even more than before," she told Herald Sun.

The Victorian government said it will fully fund the A$250,000 that is required for the procedure, reported SBS.

If surgery is a success, the girls will require months of post-care treatment in Australia before they can return to Bhutan.

Here's how you can help Nima and Dawa

1: Donate by phone on Australian toll-free number +61 1800 99 22 99

2: Text TWINs to +61 437 371 371 to make an online donation

3: Visit childrenfirstfoundation.org.au/donate and select Twins18 as the campaign name

4: Donate by electronic transfer via your online banking system to the account details below.

Bank: Bendigo Bank

Name: Children First Foundation (CFF Gift Account)

BSB: 633-000

Account number: 163045552

Reference: Enter your full name and “twins”

To receive a tax receipt for donations made by electronic transfer please email [email protected] with the transaction details.

 



Related Posts

Conjoined Twins From Bhutan Arrive In Melbourne For 'Complex'...

The life-changing operation is expected to take up to eight hours.

Oct 02, 2018 09:54

Employment opportunities amid crisis - Tour guides opts farming

A tour guide could earn a minimum of Nu 30,000 per month during the peak tourist season in Bhutan. The income made was...

May 19, 2020 19:53

Covid-19 response must address gender-based violence, other...

“The social and economic stress that Covid-19 pandemic brings upon households places women and girls in vulnerable...

May 12, 2020 16:46

Bhutanese conservationist’s Phuntsho Thinley mission to save...

A wildlife biologist from Bhutan has won a prestigious Whitley Award for his lifelong work to preserve the rare alpine...

May 04, 2020 11:26

Nu 15.5M spent on testing people for Covid-19 in Bhutan

So far 9,964 people tested for novel coronavirus and it continues .

May 01, 2020 07:54

The Test of Loyalty & Commitment Among Bhutanese Employers in...

Amid the crisis we recognized few Bhutanese Tour Operators with generous and compassion souls because COVID-19 will...

Apr 03, 2020 14:33

Latest

News

Employment opportunities amid crisis - Tour guides opts farming

A tour guide could earn a minimum of Nu 30,000 per month during the peak tourist season in Bhutan. The income made was sufficient to support...

May 19, 2020 19:53

Covid-19 response must address gender-based violence, other rights of women and girls

“The social and economic stress that Covid-19 pandemic brings upon households places women and girls in vulnerable positions, burdening them...

May 12, 2020 16:46

Features

Haa- Home of Ap Chundu, the omnipresent local guardian deity

Haa is one of the smallest districts in the country and is highlighted by the Wang chu Lo Dzong which is the administrative centre of the...

May 20, 2020 18:24

Convertible currency earnings hit

Bhutan was set to have one of the best years in tourism after the Lonely Planet in October 2019 recognised Bhutan as the number one travel...

May 19, 2020 08:32

Sports

Karma – Female Archer From Bhutan Qualified For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Quota

Karma has been specialising in Olympics-style archery since 2009.

Nov 30, 2019 13:18

Bhutan’s Pelden Wangchuk Wins 10th Edition Of Tour 0f Dragon Mountain Bike Race

This year, the race also saw the highest number of female participants compared to past years.

Sep 10, 2019 01:08

Business

Celebrating Bhutan’s Entrepreneurs: Namkhar Gyaltshen Of Transcend Artisan

This story is part of an exclusive feature by Yeewong Magazine in Dec 2018 on celebrating entrepreneurship in Bhutan.

Mar 06, 2020 11:48

Centre Of Excellence For Software Engineering Launched By Bhutan’s Thimphu Techpark

The purpose of establishing this centre is to fulfil His Majesty the King’s vision of using technology to solve problems.

Feb 24, 2020 23:58

Travel

Reasons Why Dagala Trek is Every Trekkers Dream

May 13, 2020 11:30

Into The Wilderness During The Best Trekking Season In Bhutan

The jagged and unforgiving mountain landscapes of Bhutan make some of the best mountain trekking routes on the planet. Undoubtedly one of...

May 05, 2020 17:35

Lifestyle

Food on Wheels- First of its kind in Bhutan

The World's Largest Fast Food Restaurant Chains doesn't exist in Bhutan.

Mar 04, 2020 09:39

Amazing Stories from the Eastern Part of Bhutan

You can't say you have visited the eastern part of Bhutan unless you have experienced the following bizarre things.

Mar 02, 2020 19:02

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!

Download Daily Bhutan Mobile App

Connecting with us just got easier!