Siamese twins from Bhutan successfully separated

For the first time in her life, Nima and Dawa can sleep in separate beds. The 15-month-old Siamese twins from the Himalayan state of Bhutan have passed the operation well. As their doctor said, none of the girls need intensive medical treatment or artificial respiration.

"The operation went smoothly and without surprises," said head surgeon Joe Crameri shortly after the operation to the British newspaper "Guardian". A team of 25 doctors and nurses at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, worked about six hours to separate the sisters.

Siamese twins Nima and Dawa with their mother for the operation.


Siamese twins Nima and Dawa with their mother for the operation.

The girls had grown together on the upper body and shared a liver. To what extent their intestines had grown together, the doctors could not predict exactly in advance. But according to Crameri, the separation of the intestines caused no problems. The biggest challenge was to reconstruct the children's abdominal wall.

Together with her mother and her pediatrician, Nima and Dawa had already traveled to Australia in October. The complicated operation could not be done in her homeland Bhutan. The costs of more than € 200,000 are covered by the state of Victoria, where Melbourne is located. The family itself could not pay the money.

Siamese twins from Bangladesh were successfully separated in the same hospital nine years ago. The operation lasted a total of 38 hours. The children named Trishna and Krishna live in Australia today.

Siamese twin medicine refers to an aberration that develops in the uterus in the early stages of development. Some babies only grow superficially, others share organs or limbs.

The phenomenon is named after Chang and Eng Bunker, who were born in Siam in 1811 – largely contemporary Thailand – and stayed together all their lives.