Conjoined Twins Fused at the Head Now Separated After More Than 50 Hours of Surgery

Live Science | 7/18/2019 | Staff
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Twin girls who were born joined at the head have been successfully separated after a monthslong medical endeavor that required more than 50 hours of major surgery and a team of 100 medical professionals, doctors announced this week.

The 2-year-old twins, Safa and Marwa Ullah, were born with an extremely rare condition called craniopagus, which means they shared a portion of their skull and brain tissue, according to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London (GOSH), the hospital where the separation surgery was performed.

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Conjoined twins are very rare to begin with, occurring at a rate of about one in every 2.5 million births worldwide, and of these, only about 5% are craniopagus, the hospital said in a statement.

The twins were brought from their home in Pakistan to GOSH when they were 19 months old. They required three major operations that took place from October 2018 to February 2019, the statement said. The girls' recovery took time, and they were finally well enough to leave the hospital on July 1, according to The New York Times.

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Surgeries to separate craniopagus twins are complex and challenging, and they need to be broken down into a series of...
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