Conjoined twins usually had to just hope for the best as they were growing up, as only in recent decades we managed to develop techniques to separate them with any degree of success. Not that it isn’t still risky, with one twin surviving 75% of the times, depending on the place of conjoining. A team of doctors from Switzerland performed one of the most complicated surgeries of the kind, as week old conjoined sisters successfully separated by Swiss doctors.
Lydia and Maya, a story of survival
Despite the two sisters being born in December and separated eight days after that, the parties involved decided to wait until now before going public with the news, so that the family could have time to recover.
A triplet was also born along with them, but it was fully healthy since birth, and the family didn’t want any special attention being paid to it.
The twins were fused together at the liver and chest, and were born prematurely, eight weeks before schedule. Fortunately for the girls, despite being fused at the liver, they had all vital organs intact.
The team of doctors that ended up working on them had been planning to wait for a few months before attempting the dangerous operation, but some intervening complications rendered their planning moot.
Weighing just 4 lb and 14 oz together, the girls also had their individual health problems, one of them having an exceedingly high blood pressure, as well as too much blood flowing through her body, while the other didn’t have enough.
Not wanting to wait and risk intervening too late to save either, the team composed of 13 doctors started the surgery on their patients, despite unnamed sources claiming that the girls faced a 1% chance of survival.
The combined forces of 13 knowledgeable doctors
The team worked perfectly together, with the 13 experts receiving praises from the head of pediatric surgery himself, claiming that the perfect cooperation between them is the only thing that kept the girls alive during and after the surgery.
After the separation, the girls underwent further surgery so that the team could finish closing their no longer shared abdominal wall.
Things are looking good for the twins
Now done with the surgery, the girls remained in the intensive care unit for a while, so as to recover.
Sources say that they have already started breastfeeding and that despite the two still being very small, they are showing great signs of development.
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