news Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | December 17, 2014 | 07:24 pm IST In a rare surgery, doctors at Apollo Children’s Hospital, Chennai successfully separated twins, Abriana and Adriana, who were joined at the chest and abdomen. The girls, who shared a single heart cavity and a liver are now, the first survivors of this type of separation in India, states the Apollo hospitals Facebook Page. The twins hail from Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. A PTI report states that the 11-hour long operation was conducted by a team of 50 staff members, including surgeons, nurses and intensive care specialists, on the eight-and-a-half months Thoraco Omphalopagus twins. This rare procedure involved separation of the pericardium (heart lining), diaphragm and the connected livers. ( Image Source: Apollo Hospitals Facebook Page ) "Since 2007, eight pairs of conjoined twins with fused livers and intestines have been reported after separation from various parts of India", Dr K S Sivakumar Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon from Apollo hospital, told PTI.  ( Image Source: Apollo Hospitals Facebook Page ) Apollo Hospital has put a few pictures of the twins on their Facebook Page along with a post which reads, "Speaking on this medical miracle, Dr Prathap C Reddy, Chairman & Founder, Apollo Hospitals said, “It’s heartening to know this Christmas eve Jimmy and Carolyn can be back home with their two daughters and the rest of their family.”" Post by Apollo Hospitals.

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