Twin girls conjoined at the hip were successfully separated yesterday following a groundbreaking nine-hour operation at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Two phases of surgery were needed in the first successful operation of its kind to be carried out in Bangladesh.
“The surgery to separate the 10-month old twins was successfully completed at around 4.45 pm,” said DMCH Head of Pediatric Surgery, Dr Ashraf Ul Haque.
Toufa and Tohura were born in Gaibandha's Sundarganj upazila to Raju Mia and Shahida Begum.
“After Toufa and Tohura regained consciousness, they were able to move their limbs and cry,” DMCH Pediatric Surgery department Professor Dr Kaniz Hasina Seuli told the Dhaka Tribune.
“They were immediately shifted to the intensive care unit to avoid exposure to germs.”
Prior to the surgery, the twins had shared a rectum and an urinary tract.
Doctors successfully separated their rectum after they were admitted to DMCH on October 8, 2016, and believe two to three more operations may now be necessary over the next 3-6 months to reconstruct their urinary tracts.
Paediatric Surgery Department Associate Professor Dr Shahnur Islam, who supervised the surgery, said the entire process involved around 30 people, including heads of departments.
“This operation was successful due to teamwork and we are all very pleased,” Dr Shahnur added.
Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit doctors performed the second phase of the surgery.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Conjoined twins occur once every 200,000 live births.