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Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf

the Benhaffaf conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein (13 weeks old)Location: Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Co Cork, IrelandPhoto: Stefan Syrowatka, www.syro.net, stefan@syro.net, 00353 857548646.

the Benhaffaf conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein (13 weeks old)Location: Radisson Hotel, Little Island, Co Cork, IrelandPhoto: Stefan Syrowatka, www.syro.net, stefan@syro.net, 00353 857548646.

Stefan Syrowatka

Surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twins

Surgeons have successfully separated conjoined twins

Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf

The mother of Irish conjoined twins Hassan and Hussein has revealed that in her heart she never wanted them to be separated.

However, Angie Benhaffaf knew in her head that if she didn't they would die prematurely.

A revealing new documentary to be aired on Irish television tonight charts Angie and her husband Azzedine's journey from finding out that their boys would be born conjoined, up until their recent separation surgery in a London hospital.

Speaking on the TV3 programme Separate Lives, they describe the day of the operation in Great Ormond Street Hospital as “just the longest day ever”.

But afterwards, Cork woman Angie says: “We came down to see them at 2am this morning to see them in each cot, it was absolutely weird. It was normal to see them joined and it wasn't normal to see them apart — if that makes sense.”

Belfast Telegraph