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Conjoined twins who faced each other separated in California surgery; സയാമീസ് ഇരട്ടകളെ ശസ്ത്രക്രിയയിലൂടെ വേര്‍പെടുത്തി

December 11, 2016

conjoined-twinsകാലിഫോര്‍ണിയ: കാലിഫോര്‍ണിയയില്‍ സയാമീസ് ഇരട്ടകളുടെ ശരീരം ശസ്ത്രക്രിയയിലൂടെ വേര്‍പെടുത്തി. രണ്ടാം വയസ്സിലാണ് എറിക്ക, ഇവാ സാന്‍ഡോവല്‍ എന്ന ഈ പെണ്‍കുട്ടികളുടെ ശസ്ത്രക്രിയ നടത്തുന്നത്.

ഇരുവരുടേയും ആരോഗ്യനില പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായും തൃപ്തികരമാണെന്ന് ഡോക്ടര്‍മാര്‍ അറിയിച്ചു. ശസ്ത്രക്രിയ വെല്ലുവിളി നിറഞ്ഞതായിരുന്നുവെന്ന് ഡോക്ടര്‍മാര്‍ പറയുന്നു. ഒരു കരള്‍, ഒരു മൂന്ന് കാലുകള്‍ എന്നിങ്ങനെയായിരുന്നു ഉള്ളത്. ശസ്ത്രക്രിയയിലൂടെ അവയവങ്ങള്‍ രണ്ടായി തിരിച്ചു.

ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഓരോ കാലുകളാണ് രണ്ട് പേര്‍ക്കും ഉള്ളത്. മൂന്നാമത്ത കാല്‍ സ്‌കിന്‍, മസില്‍സ് എന്നിവ കൂട്ടിച്ചേര്‍ത്ത് മറ്റൊരു കാല്‍ കൂടി നിര്‍മ്മിക്കാനൊരുങ്ങുകയാണ് ഡോക്ടര്‍മാര്‍.

Conjoined twins who faced each other separated in California surgery

Conjoined 2-year-old twin girls who were separated at a California hospital this week were recovering in stable condition after 17 hours of surgery, officials said on Thursday.

Separation surgery is performed about five times a year in the United States, with doctors successfully handling one last month in Memphis, Tennessee, on twin sisters born in Nigeria.

The operation on Erika and Eva Sandoval, who faced each other, was done at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, part of the Stanford University health system in Palo Alto, California.

The surgery was challenging because they shared much of their lower body and had one liver, one bladder and three legs, hospital officials said in a statement.

In video provided by the hospital, the surgical team was shown gathered around the twins, forming a circle with their arms around each other before beginning the procedure.

The team, in the surgery started on Tuesday completed early on Wednesday, divided the bladder into two separate organs. It also split the liver to give half to each child, the statement said.

The girls each have one leg, with doctors using the third leg for reconstruction, taking its skin and muscle to close one child’s abdominal wall, officials said.

The girls are expected to remain in the intensive care unit at the hospital for two weeks. They are sharing a hospital room in separate beds.

“Seeing them now in the ICU, you look at them and think ‘You’re missing your other half’ but we know that this is the right path for them: to be independent, have the chance to succeed and explore on their own everything the world has to offer,” the twins’ mother, Aida Sandoval, said in a statement.

Most conjoined twins die in the womb, and about half who are born alive do not make it past a day.

Source: Reuters

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