Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 19:52 pm (KSA) 16:52 pm (GMT)

Saudi surgeons split conjoined Moroccan twins

Conjoined twins in Riyadh before the separation surgery (Courtesy of al-Watan)
Conjoined twins in Riyadh before the separation surgery (Courtesy of al-Watan)

Aziza and Saeeda Baali slept in seperate beds Saturday night for the first time in their short lives after a Saudi medical team successfully separated the conjoined Moroccan twins who shared several internal organs, an official said Sunday.

Saudi Minister of Health Abdullah al-Raabeah announced that after a grueling surgery that lasted more than 11 hours and involved 25 surgeons and technicians the twins were successfully separated and under observation.

The infant girls were conjoined at the liver and the pancreas as well as parts of the small intestines,.

 The most critical part was separating the liver 
Saudi Minister of Health Abdullah al-Raabeah

"The most critical part was separating the liver," Raabeah told Al Arabiya on Sunday. "This was due to a complicated entanglement in many of the tubes."

Aziza and Saeeda will be under surveillance in intensive care at the King Fahd Medical City until they are able of performing their ordinary functions, he added.

The sisters arrived in Riyadh last month and the surgery assessed a 70 percent success rate.

Omar Baali and Fatima Ayat, the girls' parents, thanked the Saudi authorities and the medical team and expressed their happiness at the success of the operation.

This was the 23rd operation to separate conjoined twins performed in the kingdom.

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