Bhutanese Conjoined Twins Separated Successfully At Australian Hospital

Email

The surgery was previously postponed after health screenings showed that the girls were not fit and ready to be operated on.

One of the twins being lifted away after the separation. (Source: AFP)

 

By Kinley Yangden | Bhutan Times

Bhutanese conjoined twins Nima and Dawa have been separated successfully in a six-hour surgery held in Melbourne, Australia. 

SBS News reported that a team of 18 surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists from the Royal Children's Hospital was involved in the operation to separate the 15-month-old girls, who are joined at the torso and share a liver.

The surgery was previously postponed after health screenings showed that the girls were not fit and ready to be operated on. It was reported that their long journey from Bhutan to Australia had taken a toll on their health.

Head of paediatric surgery Dr Joe Crameri, who is leading the team, said the twins "coped very well" during the operation.

Successfully divided twins' liver

Doctors managed to successfully divide the shared liver between the twins and the girls were found not to share a bowel, a possibility that was "unknown" before the operation. 

Dr Crameri said there "will be challenges in the next 24 to 48 hours as with any surgery".

"We feel quietly confident that we will see good results," he said.

Their mother Bhumchu Zangmo had brought her daughters to Melbourne in October with the help of Children First Foundation, an Australian-based charity.

According to a statement by Children First Foundation, the "girls are doing very well and breathing on their own".

"Bhumchu has seen her girls and given each a kiss…each sleeping apart for the first time – at least until surgical wounds have healed!", the statement wrote.

Bhumchu Zangmo was also overjoyed at receiving over 350 messages of support and encouragement from children across Australia, reported The Herald Sun.

“I am so happy that so many people have good feelings and prayers for my twins’ surgery,” Bhumchu Zangmo said, speaking through a translator.

“I will take all these letters to Bhutan and when the girls grow up and are able to read, I will ask them to read them all.”

 



Related Posts

Surgery To Separate Bhutanese Conjoined Twins Postponed

One of the twins' health has declined, revealed late night tests just before surgery on Friday.

Oct 12, 2018 16:27

Conjoined Twins From Bhutan To Be Separated On Friday

The marathon surgery may take six to 12 hours to complete. It involves getting the liver divided safely.

Oct 09, 2018 10:35

Australian Doctors Yet To Set Surgery Date For Bhutanese Twins...

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

Oct 05, 2018 10:17

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

Ten Years Since The Inception Of Democracy, Bhutan Has Made...

The National Human Development Report highlights positive results during ten years of democracy in Bhutan.

Mar 21, 2019 15:08

Tiger Numbers Increase In Bhutan

As the world tries to double tiger number from where it was in 2010, Bhutan’s increase in tiger numbers shows that at...

Mar 19, 2019 14:18

Latest

News

Ten Years Since The Inception Of Democracy, Bhutan Has Made Steady Progress In Human Development

The National Human Development Report highlights positive results during ten years of democracy in Bhutan.

Mar 21, 2019 15:08

Tiger Numbers Increase In Bhutan

As the world tries to double tiger number from where it was in 2010, Bhutan’s increase in tiger numbers shows that at least one country is...

Mar 19, 2019 14:18

Features

National Geographic Photo Camp Team Trained Some Bhutanese On Story-telling Through Photography

Around twenty participants were trained on story-telling through photography at a photo camp from 9-14 March.

Mar 23, 2019 16:08

Bhutan Addressed Climate Change Concerns With Foreign Delegates At The 14th Round Table Meeting

Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering said at the Round Table Meeting that climate change is real and efforts must be made to reduce its impact.

Mar 22, 2019 18:45

Sports

Bhutan To Hold First 'Sports And Culture Festival' For Runners And Cyclists

There are two tiers to the event, comprising of a full-race distance of 50km and a half-race of 25km.

Mar 06, 2019 17:14

Bhutan’s HRH Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck Attended The General Assembly of the Asian Paralympic Committee In Dubai

The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the Asian Paralympic Movement.

Feb 08, 2019 18:15

Business

Celebrating Bhutan's Entrepreneurs: Sonam Choki of Bhutan Herbal Tea

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

Mar 24, 2019 19:15

Celebrating Bhutan's Entrepreneurs: Sonam Lhamo Of Bumthang Milk Processing Enterprise

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

Mar 18, 2019 10:19

Travel

The Magical Waters Of Gasa Tsachu – A Popular Hot Spring In Bhutan

While most people visit the hot spring in the hope that it could cure them of various ailments, it has become an annual visit for many to...

Mar 25, 2019 14:38

Tourists Visiting Bhutan Can Look Forward To Exciting Heli-Biking And Heli-Hiking Services

Heli-Biking and Heli-Hiking services are in the pipeline to attract more tourists to visit the remote parts of Bhutan.

Mar 20, 2019 20:18

Lifestyle

Food Review: Cloud9 Cafe & Bar

Cloud9 has always been known in Thimphu for dishing out handcrafted gourmet burgers.

Mar 09, 2019 09:44

Tshering Zangmo Represents Bhutan At The 5th Young Chef Olympiad In India

Tshering Zangmo has successfully made it to round two of the Olympiad.

Feb 04, 2019 16:35

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!