HCM CITY (VNS)– Doctors at Children's Hospital 2 and the HCM City-based Heart Institute are separating conjoined twin girls today.
Born in August to a couple from the central province of Ha Tinh, the girls have separate heads, arms and legs but attach at the liver and heart.
Truong Quang Dinh, deputy director of the Children's Hospital 2, said twins attached at the heart presented the most difficult cases for surgery. However, he deemed the girls healthy enough to experience the grueling operation, which means over 10 hours in the operating room.
The twins have gained six kg after four months of hospitalisation. They now weigh 9.5kg.
Their mother said she found out the twins would be conjoined during a routine ultrasound. However, she decided to continue the pregnancy and separate them afterwards.
Dinh said conjoined twins occurred in one in 50,000 births. – VNS