Turning Two Soon, Twins Nima And Dawa Are ‘Happy And Healthy’ At Home In Bhutan
For more than three months since their return from Australia in early March, the twins have been doing well at home.
By Usha Drukpa | The Bhutanese
For more than three months since their return from Australia in early March, the conjoined twins, Nima Jamyang and Dawa Jamyang Pelden have been doing well at home. They have four elder siblings - three older sisters and a brother who adore them.
According to the twins’ mother, Bumchu Zangmo, they are a pair of healthy and happy 23-month-old toddlers. Both Nima and Dawa will be turning two on 14 July.
Born in 2017 at the Phuentsholing Hospital, the identical twins were joined at the thorax and the abdomen region. They were successfully separated on 9 November 2018 at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Australia.
How the twins have grown since their operation
According to Bumchu, Nima was quicker to walk independently while Dawa had to catch up with Nima but she can now walk without support. However, Dawa still needs support when using the staircase whereas Nima can manage on her own.
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“For almost two months, my two little girls had a tough time adjusting to the food, the place and the language that we speak,” said Bumchu Zangmo.
The twins now understand their local dialect and a few English words. They also like to eat pasta, buns and potatoes, apart from the normal Bhutanese diet.
Bumchu said that her twins are getting healthier as compared to a few months ago. They continue to receive their exercises at home and are taken for walks.
However, she is concerned that the twins are not gaining much weight. They are just around 8.1 kilograms each.
Doctors from Bhutan and Australia are still in touch with the twins
The Pediatric Surgeon at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH), Dr Karma Sherub is still in touch with the twins.
The doctor also receives frequent queries on the health and well-being of the twins from Dr Joe Crameri, the Head of Pediatric Surgery at the RCH.
Moreover, Children First Foundation (CFF), the non-profit organisation in Melbourne, Australia also kept in contact with Nima and Dawa.
It took an army of Australians to separate conjoined twins Nima and Dawa. Joined at the chest and abdomen, the Bhutanese twins required separation surgery to ensure a healthy future. But with the medical system still developing in Bhutan, they turned to Australian medical experts for help. Now the toddlers are reunited with their whole family in a spectacular Himalayan homecoming.
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“The staff at Children First Foundation still video call us asking about their health,” said Bumchu.
The CFF financed the travel and the entire cost for the surgery, estimated at around AUD 250,000. The surgery to separate the conjoined twins took six hours and was carried out by four surgeons and a team of about 18 medical assistants.
The twins and their mother, along with a nurse as a medical escort to help them, left Bhutan on 1 October 2018.
The twins were discharged from the RCH on 26 November 2018 and continued their recovery at CFF’s Kilmore Retreat in Melbourne, where they received physiotherapy and nutritional support.
Nima and Dawa are still inseparable, according to their mother. They would immediately search for each other if they are not at close proximity. They also want everything to be the same when it comes to food, drinks, clothes and toys.
Some concerns of the twin’s mother
While Bumchu is happy to see her formerly conjoined twins as individual toddlers, however, she is worried that her girls might have to endure teasing and harassment when they grow up and attend school.
“I hope no one will tease them about being conjoined in the past,” said Bumchu Zangmo.
She revealed that while there are many people who are warm and nice towards them, there are a few people who would give them rude stares and make them feel uncomfortable.
Overall, Bumchu is still thankful to all her relatives, friends and the people of Bhutan for their prayers and well wishes for her two little toddlers.
This article first appeared in The Bhutanese and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.