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Separated Irish twins in stable condition

ConjoinedIrish twin boys, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, who were separated in 14-hour surgery last week, remain in a stable condition in the intensive care unit at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London.

It is understood doctors are pleased with the progress of the twins but a source close to the family said it will be many weeks before the boys fully recover.

A progress bulletin is expected to be released later this week by Dr Edward Kiely, who headed the separation surgery of the four-month-old boys.

The boys' parents Angie and Azzedine, who hail from Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, are being filmed for an ITN ‘Tonight' documentary, which will air in mid-May.

Mrs Benhaffaf felt she was helped by seeing documentaries on previous cases of conjoined twins and she wanted a documentary to be made of her family's experience to help others.

Meanwhile, she is keeping a record of media coverage that her boys will be able to see in the fullness of time.

Mrs Benhaffaf said she and her husband Azzedine were told during the pregnancy the twins might share a heart.

But their cries turned to tears |of joy when “my little fighters were born” on December 2, as she wrote in a poem.

Around 20 staff, including four anaesthetists and four surgeons worked in shifts during the complex procedure, which began at Great Ormond Street in London at 8.30am last Wednesday.

Fundraising is also continuing for the Benhaffaf's as the family will remain in London for the coming months pending the release of Hassan and Hussein.

The Little Fighters Fundraising account is at the Permanent TSB’s Patrick Street branch in Cork. |Sort code: 99-07-03|Account no: 16556196

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