By Bilal Kuchay
A young Pakistani mother is devastated with the birth of her conjoined twin boys attached at the abdomen and claims the “devil’s eye” is affecting her family.
Kanza Karam, 27, from Kokarai, Swat in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, gave birth to twin boys, Muhammad Ismail and Muhammad Idrees, through caesarean delivery at a private nursing home 10 days ago.
The twins have fully formed pairs of arms, but only three legs.
The boys, born weighing 12.2lbs (5.5kg), were quickly transferred to Swat Medical Complex and were discharged from the hospital on Friday.
The doctors have advised the young parents to visit Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad for a surgery, separating the twins, as hospitals in Swat lack facilities to carry such a complex surgery.
Dr Naemullah Khan said: “These conjoined twins are the case of Thoracopagus twins, the most common pattern of conjoined twins.
“Though the initial screening shows they don’t share heart or any other vital organ. But if they do their separation could be very complex.”
“I have told the parents to consult Professor Amjad, a famous paediatric surgeon. He had previously conducted two successful operation of separating conjoined twins and I’m hopeful he will succeed this time too,” Dr Khan added.
The grief stricken mother, since her marriage seven years ago has had two miscarriages and lost a child only seven days after birth.
She was not aware of carrying twins as she did not undergo an ultrasound test because of her lack of knowledge.
Kanza said: “It was a premature delivery. I didn’t know I was about to give birth to twins because I never did ultrasound.
“After my first male child was born five years ago, I had two miscarriages. Last year, I gave birth to a baby boy who died only after living for seven days.
“I am very, very scared for the life of my twin boys. There is some devil’s eye which is affecting my family.”
Her husband, Fazal Karam, who works as a police constable says he would do everything possible for his twin boys so that they can live a normal life: “It was painful to hear everybody in the hospital saying such babies don’t survive beyond 24 hours.
“I’m thankful to God that they have survived.
“Upon doctors advise, I’m leaving for Islamabad today and will consult the best paediatric surgeons so that the twins can be separated.
Kanza, however, wishes a miracle to happen that could save her children.
“I wish for a miracle that could save my children. I hope doctors would separate them and both my sons would live a normal life,” she added.
WHAT ARE CONJOINED TWINS?
Conjoined twins occur when siblings have their skin or internal organs fused together.
It affects around one in 200,000 live births.
Conjoined twins are caused by a fertilised egg beginning to split into two embryos a few weeks after conception, but the process stops before it is complete.
The most common type is twins joined at the chest or abdomen.
Separation surgery success depends on where the twins are joined.
Doctors can only tell which organs the siblings share, and therefore plan surgery, after they are born.
At least one twin survives 75 per cent of the time.