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A team of 35 doctors and technicians have successfully separated conjoined twins from who shared a large intestine, anus and pelvic bones during a 14-hour procedure.
The marathon operation took place at the King Abdullah Specialist Children Hospital in the central capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.
According to local media, the Libyan conjoined twins, Ahmed and Mohammed, were born in Tripoli in June.
The twins each had their own lower limb while sharing a third deformed leg as well a large intestine, anus and pelvic bones.
In the footage after the operation, viewed 630,000 times on Twitter, Doctor Abdullah Alrabeeah is seen being thanked by the boys’ dad as he wheels the separated tots through the hospital corridor.
The boys’ mother told local media: “To see little Mohammad wrapped separately, I couldn’t believe it, my prayers go to the doctor and his team, may their successes continue.”
Although experts were confident the operation would be a success, Doctor Alrabeeah estimated that there was a 70 percent chance of separating both patients without hitch before the 14-hour procedure.
According to local media, the surgery was carried out in 11 phases and is the 48th operation successfully completed by the country’s conjoined twins separation programme that has seen patients arrive from 21 different countries.
The twins are currently recovering from the operation in intensive care.
Conjoined twin births are very rare and only happen in one of every 200,000 deliveries.
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