Bangalore: The conjoined twins of a Nigeriancouple were successfully separated on Monday after an 11-hour longsurgery at a private hospital here, ending a prolonged waitand bringing unbounded joy to the parents. Eight-month-old `Peace` and `Patience` "are stable as ofnow and are in the ICU. We have to monitor their progress," DrAshley D`Cruz, General Pediatric surgeon at NarayanaHrydayalaya said.
"It was a very complex surgery as both twins shared twothirds of the intestine." The surgery which took daysof meticulous planning and several rounds of discussions,involved separating their bowels and allocating each a part ofthe bowel, he said. D`Cruz said their duodenum was fused and had to beseparated and reconstructed. The last part of the surgeryinvolved separation of the liver. The toughest moment was separating the bile duct andallocating part of it to each, he said, adding "we are happywith the success, it was professionally a very challengingtask." The mortality rate worldwide for such conjoined twins is30 per cent, he said. PTI