By Taniya Dutta
In a first case, doctors in Bangladesh have successfully separated a pair of conjoined twins in a groundbreaking surgery.
Tohra and Toufa, ten-month-old twins from a remote village in Gaibandha were born fused at the spine and rectum to a farmer couple.
They were successfully separated in a nine-hour-long complex procedure by two dozen doctors at Dhaka Medical College, the largest hospital in the country.
Paediatric surgeon Abdul Hanif said the twins were in a stable condition but would require two more operations to restructure their internal organs.
“It is the first time in our medical history that we have successfully separated conjoined twins in Bangladesh. It was an extremely complex operation,” said Dr Hanif.
The twins, born to Shadia and Raju Mia, who also has a five-year-old son, from Gaibandha, around 260 kilometer from Dhaka were brought to the premier hospital in the capital city a month ago.
Their mother, Shahida Begum was delighted to know that her daughters are doing well post operation and that she could breast-feed them.
She said: “We are relieved that they had successful surgery. I held my daughters to feed them. Doctors said they are not out of risk yet. I pray to God for my kids’ quickest recovery.”
The twins will remain in intensive care for a matter of weeks to ensure they don’t catch any deadly infections.