Pic shows: One of the two co-joined twins after the operation.
Two co-joined twins have been successfully separated in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh in an operation that will give them a chance of a normal life.
The difficult operation was carried out by a team of surgeons led by the countries former Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, and both of the now separated babies are reportedly doing very well.
The co-joined twins who are from the Republic of Yemen taken to Saudi Arabia to be operated on at the King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh.
A medical centre spokesman said the multidisciplinary medical team separated Abdullah and Abdulrahman after a nine-hour surgery operation carried out in nine stages at the weekend.
He said: “The spells needed to be separated as well as their urinary systems and then the pelvic bones. But they were separated they were then divided into two teams to reconstruct the twins.”
As well as the former health minister Saudi consultants in anesthesiology, pediatric, orthopedic, plastic surgery and pediatrics urinary tract surgery as well as nursing and technical staff were part of the team.
The test the surgeons the twins a 60 to 70 percent chance of survival, but say that this is not significantly improved and both are expected to survive the operation. Both are currently being cared for in the paediatric intensive care unit at the hospital.
This separation is the 35th in a series of surgeries performed on Siamese twins in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1990 on cases from more than 18 countries globally.
Saudi Arabia has a team of top surgeons in the separation of twins with the experience of treating more than 65 twins from 18 countries of which 30 have been successful during the past two decades. The remaining 35 cases were not fit for separation o eventually returned without the operation.
As well as co-joined twins from Saudi Arabia the twins came from countries such as Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Morocco and Iraq.