RCH to perform radical surgery to separate conjoined twins from Bhutan
Surgeons at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s will attempt radical surgery to separate conjoined baby twins and a massive rescue effort to get the girls from Bhutan to Australia.
The Herald Sun reports the 14-month-old twins, Nima and Dawa Pelden, who are joined at their lower chest and tummies, are expected to arrive in Melbourne today after a mercy flight from their home in the Himalayas.
It comes after the hospital’s success with formerly conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna in 2009.
Dr Joe Crameri told Neil Mitchell he feels privileged to be able to provide a good outcome for the twins.
“We have an outcome that I think can normalise their lives,” Dr Crameri said.
“That’s the key driver here.
“There are a lot of things we confront where we can make things better, but we can’t make things normal.
“I would hope we have the ability here to make these kids’ lives normal when they go home.”
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The surgery and 24-hour care the twins will need after their surgery is expected to cost upwards of $250,000.
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