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Doctors separate conjoined twins

A team of British doctors have successfully separated twin girls who were born joined at the head.

Baby girls Rital and Ritag Gaboura, who are only 11 months old, underwent four operations at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and were separated on 15 August.

The sisters, who were born in Khartoum, Sudan, have overcome incredible odds to survive - only one in 10 million survive the rare condition of craniopagus.

Their parents, Abdelmajeed Gaboura, 31, and mother, Enas, 27, who are both doctors, approached children's charity Facing the World for help, which funded and organised their possible separation.

The family arrived in the UK in April and were admitted to Great Ormond Street Hospital where the Craniofacial team lead by David Dunaway donated their services.

By the time the family arrived, Ritag's heart was already failing.

The girls were separated over four stages - two operations in May, then tissue expanders were inserted in July and the final separation in August.

A statement from Facing the World says: "Within days the twins were back on the general ward interacting and playing as before. Their laughter and delight in the world has been an inspiration throughout the months of worry.

"Very soon, their parents will be able to fulfil their dream of taking home two healthy, separate daughters."

The girls' parents told the BBC: "We are very thankful to be able to look forward to going home with two separate, healthy girls. We are very grateful to all the doctors who volunteered their time and to Facing the World for organising all the logistics and for paying for the surgery."


From Belfast Telegraph