Conjoined twins who shared skull separated in 10-hour operation


Two conjoined twins who shared a skull – but not a brain – have been successfully separated in one of the most difficult operations of its kind.

The twins, Tuqa and Yakeen, were conjoined since birth, and were separated in a 10-hour operation involving 22 doctors and nurses

The surgery on the female twins, was carried out at the Specialist Children’s Hospital at the King Abdul Aziz Medical City (KAMC) in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Sunday.

According to a KAMC spokesman, the surgery was actually the fourth and final stage to be performed on the Syrian twins.

The spokesman said: ‘The hospital has performed preparatory surgeries since April 2014 on the twins.’

Dr Ahmad Al-Furrayan, who was in charge of the operation, said the operation took 10 hours instead of the 12 hours that had been planned and was carried out in stages.

The costs are being borne by the Saudi government as a humanitarian gesture.

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