Conjoined Twin Surgeries Still Give Hope

Kimberly Seals Allers


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Last week surgeons in London successfully separated four-month-old conjoined twins after a 14-hour operation at the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The two boys, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, were born in December joined at the chest, but reportedly shared no major organs.



The hospital said the next few days would be very important for the twins as their wounds heal and their bodies adjust to independent lives. Their parents, Angie and Azzedine Benhaffaf, live in Ireland but flew to London for the operation.

The length and complexity of the operation -- it took 14 hours and required 20 medical staff including four surgeons and four anesthesiologists -- indicates the seriousness of the procedure.

Conjoined twins are extremely rare, occurring in as few as one in every 200,000 live births.

But they have fascinated us for decades. 

News like this reminds us all how medical advances give our children options they may not have had years ago.

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